9th April 2007

Castlerigg Stone Circle and Walla Crag from Keswick


Walk Overview
Time 09.45 to 14.15
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 9.9 mile
Ascent 1381 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Keswick - Castlerigg Stone Circle - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Ashness Bridge - Derwent Water - 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

Sitting quite still and not at all concerned about how close I got to take this picture on route to Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Castlerigg Stone Circle or part of it anyway, with Great Rigg and the eastern ridge behind. What a difference in the weather, for the last week or so we'd had blue sky and sunshine almost every day. Today we were greeted with not only low cloud , but low confidence that the rain would hold off.

Looking along Castle Lane; the narrow road linking Castlerigg Stone Circle with the A591. Walla Crag is the fell to the right of the road.

Upon reaching the A591 we crossed straight over the road to follow the signed footpath to Walla Crag. Shortly after starting along the footpath we got this view down to High Rigg.

Wide open moorland just to the east of Walla Crag, heralding the start of the long and more often than not boggy Central ridge, which for most of its length offers grassy, trackless terrain similar to that seen here. Rather a stark contrast from the view of Walla Crag from the Keswick / Derwent Water side, where you're greeted by a confusion of crags, rocks and gullies above Great Wood.

The view down to Derwent Water from Walla Crag summit.

Notice the broad shoreline around the lake and the islands, which help to show just how dry things are in the Lake District at the moment. I've actually been thinking over the last couple of weeks just how dry it is, particularly on yesterdays walk on Ullscarf and the Green Crag walk last week. The wet areas that normally need a degree of zig-zagging to ensure dry feet at the other end don't seem to be causing too much concern at all.

A minute or so past the summit and over the stile, the path splits. The one heading towards the lake is the quicker, steeper, but more direct route into Borrowdale. The path leading out of the picture to the left is the one we followed to Ashness Bridge; first though, we took a short de-tour across to have a look at, , , ,

, , the sheepfold in Low Moss. Although it is marked on the map as a sheepfold there's evidence that at one time there was in fact more of a substantial structure here.

The route to Ashness Bridge skirts the edge of the fellside above the top of Cat Gill where you get this great view down to Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick and Portinscale. Arguably one of the finest views of Derwent Water there is (even though you don't actually see the whole of the lake).

After rounding the corner above Falcon Crag the view towards the Grange end of Derwent Water opens up.

Belted Galloways (I think) above Ashness Bridge.

An incredibly low water line, and so early in the year.

The millennium stone; often in the water or at least on the waters edge.

Looking over Derwent Water to Cat Bells.

Keswick launch.

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Lake District Walks