2nd March 2011

Derwent Water and Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 13.00 to 17.40
Duration 4 hr 40 min
Distance 10.7 Mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Nicol End - Bottom of Cat Bells - Derwent Water - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Rake Foot - Castlerigg - 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

It was a strange sort of day today. When we left home the whole place was engulfed in thick cloud and I even questioned whether we were doing the right thing by going for a walk at all. By the time we reached Bassenthwaite Lake however, we were greeted by blue sky and warm sunshine. This lasted until the last hour or so of the walk when the clag returned, the views vanished and the temperature dropped.

The River Derwent taken from the suspension bridge which took us across to Portinscale.

Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell, taken from Nichol End marina. The water was flat calm today, , , , until someone's dog decided to jump in the lake.

A view back from the path around the bottom of Cat Bells shows that there's already slightly more cloud on Skiddaw than there was when we set out.

A close up of Keswick, Latrigg and Blencathra.

It was here that one of us said that we should have been walking across there instead. Never mind, , we'll add Walla Crag onto the end of the walk.
When you scroll that far down the page you'll see we didn't get the clear view we were hoping for.


Not a breath of wind on Derwent Water.

It looks like Jennifer has spotted something, next to the boardwalk; a big clump of frog spawn.


Looking down the length of Derwent Water with the top of Skiddaw sticking out from the cloud.



It looks like someone has stolen the end of the landing stage.

In the short time it took us to walk from the lake to Ashness Bridge, the cloud had rolled in and clear views had gone for the day.


What a difference, you wouldn't believe it was the same day.

Ordinarily this is a fantastic view. I'm sure lots of people walked across here earlier this afternoon and looked all the walk across to Bassenthwaite Lake.

Jennifer approaching Walla Crag summit. In among all that cloud is Bleaberry Fell.


The shops on Keswick main street were slowly lighting up as the day drew to a close, and the people, they were disappearing down little alleyways, jumping in their cars and leaving the town in peace. As for us two, we had to walk almost as far as Portinscale, where we jumped in our car and headed home for tea.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks