31st October 2010

A grey walk on Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 12.30
Duration 3 hr
Distance 8.1 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with On my own
Stormwater Bridge - Keswick - Derwent Water - Stable Hills - Calfclose Bay - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Rakefoot - Castlerigg - Springs Wood - Keswick - Stormwater Bridge
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

I had hoped to walk onto Fairfield from the top of Dunmail Raise today. And had it not been one of those damp, grey autumn days in Lakeland I probably would have. Fairfield is going nowhere though, and to be honest it just seemed like a shame to head up there. Not really because Fairfield deserves better, it was more a case that conditions like this could be enjoyed more at lower level with a bit of woodland to walk through.
This was a day of quiet stillness, wet leaves, and the occasional patch of mist hanging lifeless around one of the fells. And save for the tolling of the bell at nearby Crosthwaite Church, the walk along here to Keswick was completed in total silence. Fantastic!

A little over half a mile after setting out I came to Greta Bridge, crossed it and walked through the middle of Keswick.

Rowing boats at Keswick Landing Stages.

After a week of high winds, I'm surprised at just how many leaves are left on the trees. Thankfully, rather than having the leaves ripped off in a couple of violent days, the trees have been allowed to advance through autumn at their own pace; at least for a little while longer anyway.

A view down Derwent Water.


"You're along way from home"

The long distance views weren't up to much today, but there's no mistaking the shape of Causey Pike in the distance.

Walking through woodland next to the lake.

Derwent Water, taken from the landing stage found near the bottom of the Ashness Bridge road.

And here it is; Ashness Bridge.

Ashness Farm, taken from the gate which leads you onto the fellside below Brown Knotts.

The route to Walla Crag has great views down to Derwent Water.

A walk across here wouldn't be complete without a picture from the top of Cat Gill looking down to Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake.

A similar view to the previous picture, this time taken from Walla Crag summit.

And also from Walla Crag summit, a picture looking to Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick and the Skiddaw Fells.

Making my way down to Rakefoot. The fells in the picture are Skiddaw Little Man, Lonscale Fell, Mungrisdale Common, Blencathra and Latrigg.

Everything seemed to be soaking wet today, the grass, the trees, stones, fence posts, and even this single flower I spotted in one of the gardens in Keswick.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks