12th March 2006

Not everyone’s idea of fun – out in the snow on Walla Crag.


Walk Overview
Time 11.30 to 14.45
Duration 3 hr 45 min
Distance 8.1 mile
Ascent 1306 ft
Walking with On my own
Keswick - Derwent Water - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Rakefoot - Keswick
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking near Portinscale suspension bridge

This is somewhere I tend to start walking from qutie a lot. It's nice and handy for Keswick, Borrowdale, Newlands Valley, Skiddaw, Latrigg and even the Castlerigg Stone Circle area.

The parking is free and no matter at what time of year or time of day I've always managed to get a space here.

From here you're only about 10 minutes walk from Keswick with everything the town has to offer, and in the opposite direction you're less than 5 minutes walk from Portinscale.


Route Map

One of the rowing boats on Derwent Water.
A heavy snowfall overnight meant the most difficult part of today's outing was actually getting the car off the hill where I live and onto a main road. Once I got to the A595 the road was clear, but I could see there was quite a lot of snow on the other minor roads, so I went for the easy option of parking near Keswick and heading up to Walla Crag. This always proves to be a good choice when conditions aren't particularly good to be out and about.

Derwent Water's shore, just past Friar's Crag.

Looking along the Borrowdale Road.

A grey looking Derwent Water seen from the road up to Ashness Bridge.

Ashness Bridge.
Nobody about to take photos today, well. . . apart from me that is.

As I stepped over this stile I almost stood on this sheep, who was quite happy to carry on laying in the snow. I don't know who got the biggest shock; the sheep or me.

With only a little bit of height gained, already the conditions were becoming much more difficult. Strong wind and drifting snow.


The top of Cat Gill with a glimpse of Walla Crag in the distance.

Taken from just below Walla Crag and looking back along the route I'd followed from Ashness Bridge.

Snow drifts near Walla Crag.

And again.

The way ahead.

Almost off the fell now and down to Rakefoot Farm.

Looking up to Walla Crag from the path next to Springs Wood.

Daffodils in one of the gardens in Keswick, offering a little reminder that Spring really is on the way.

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Lake District Walks