15th April 2011

Walla Crag, Derwent Water and Keswick


Walk Overview
Time 14.30 to 17.00
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Keswick - Chestnut Hill - Castlerigg - Rake Foot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Derwent Water - Keswick
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Spooney Green Lane, Keswick

I'm sure the people in the houses on the opposite side of the road get fed up with so many people parking here, but the fact is that we all have a car and we all need to park it somewhere.

The obvious fell to walk to from here is Latrigg, but the more adventurous could easily carry on and head onto the Skiddaw fells.


Route Map



Latrigg, seen as I set off along the road by Spooney Green Lane.

Ah well, it looks like I've missed the last train.

Not long after joining the railway path you cross the River Greta.

As I walked up Chestnut Hill I took this picture of Keswick and the north western fells.

Just above Rakefoot farm and looking in almost the same direction as the previous photo.

The top of the Skiddaw fells looked as if they were flat when I took this picture. Obviously they're not, and it's just an illusion created by the cloud.

Looking back from a little further along the route, this time Blencathra is in view, also topped with cloud.

Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake, taken from the top of Walla Crag.

Still at the top, and further round to the right you see Keswick and the Skiddaw fells.

Walla Crag summit in front of Clough Head and The Dodds.

Looking back across to the summit from the stile at the top of the Cat Gill route.

and from the same place as the previous photo, Low Moss and Bleaberry Fell.

There's never an escalator when you need one is there. Although in all fairness, the fence does come in handy as something to hold onto.

Talking about theme parks, , , this would make a great route for a water slide. Down here, through the woods, over the Borrowdale road and SPLASH, into Derwent Water you go. Somehow I think the authorities might object.

Looking back up.

Entering Great Wood and following the path which would eventually lead me down to Derwent Water.


OK it's not the most impressive waterfall you've ever seen but it is in a nice spot and it does look better when we've had some heavy rain.



Now for the walk back along the lake to Keswick.

The craggy side of Walla Crag.
Notice all the debris. This just shows how high the water level reaches when the lake is in flood.


It was really busy around the landing stages with lots of people enjoying the warmth, the views and no doubt relishing their time in the Lake District.


Latrigg behind the River Greta.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks