7th May 2010

A quick walk up Walla Crag turned into a longer walk


Walk Overview
Time 15.45 to 17.50
Duration 2 hr 5 min
Distance 6.2 Mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Castlerigg Stone Circle - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Borrowdale Road - Keswick - Keswick Railway Path - road to Castlerigg Stone Circle
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Castlerigg Stone Circle

If you arrive here in the middle of the day at the height of summer, you'll probably find the place full, but if you're prepared to wait, it won't be long until one of the visitors at Castlerigg Stone Circle jumps in their car and drives off. Unless you're using this place as a starting poit for a walk, most people only seem to stay here for ten or fifteen minutes at the most.

Surprisingly because it's next to such a popular tourist attraction parking is free.


Route Map

Looking down Castle Lane towards Walla Crag.
I was much later getting out today than I'd hoped for, so my intention was to have a short walk from Castlerigg Stone Circle to Walla Crag and just come back the same way. Once I got to Walla Crag however, I decided it was far too nice to head straight back so I dropped down to Borrowdale and returned via Keswick.

Clough Head and Great Dodd, seen behind the stile leading to Castlerigg Stone Circle or in my case today, leading from it.

Looking back along the lane you get a view of Blencathra.

From one of the gates along Castle Lane I got this view of the eastern ridge from Clough Head on the left to Helvellyn on the right.

A close up of High Rigg and Sykes Farm. The track in the picture is the one that runs past St John's in the Vale church.

At least for the first section of today's walk Blencathra is never out of view. So if Blencathra is a favourite of yours, this is a walk where you can enjoy Blencathra without actually setting foot the fell on itself.

Above Rakefoot and looking across to the Skiddaw Fells.


It wasn't half windy up here today. In fact I was pleased to step away from the edge after I'd took a few pictures.

A view over Keswick to the Skiddaw fells.

Time to leave Walla Crag, , , after taking this picture of Bleaberry Fell.

This is a very steep descent down to Borrowdale. And while it might be OK when it's dry, if the ground and the stones are wet, this can be more than a little bit precarious.


Walking through Great Wood.

This is the Frances Rolleston Fountain in Keswick. Built in 1865 and restored in 2000 to provide drinking water once again.

The River Greta.

A final picture of Blencathra.

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Lake District Walks