11th November 2011

A grey afternoon on Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 13.20 to 16.15
Duration 2 hr 55 min
Distance 8 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Keswick - Springs Road - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Ashness Bridge - Derwent Water - Stable Hills - Borrowdale Road - 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

Just in case you were thinking about driving through here !!

Keswick main street.

A carpet of leaves in Springs Wood. As seen as though the season is just about at it's peak, it's just a pity there wasn't any sunshine to show off the autumn colours today. And although these trees were a bit lacking in the leaves department, some of the other woodland I walked through looked gorgeous.

A view up to Walla Crag.
The sky says it all doesn't it? I'm afraid this was just one of those days when I'm not going to get a clear view at all. Never mind, I could always call it atmospheric. It was a bit disappointing really because the sky was blue and the sun was out when I left home.

This wasn't the path I took by the way. The route I took is on my left hand side.


Looking back to see Blencathra or not as was the case today.

The way to Walla Crag.

Walla Crag summit.
I've never noticed this before but if the cairn was about three feet to the left, it would only take half of these stones to build it up to the same height. The rest of the stones could then be used to make a path through the ever widening muddy bit between here and the wall.

Looking in the same direction as the previous picture, only this time from the edge. There were some quite strong gusts of wind up here so this was close enough today.

Still at the top and looking around to Keswick and the Skiddaw fells.

One of my favourite views. Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake taken from the top of Cat Gill.

Looking back to Walla Crag.

The view into Borrowdale, , ,

, , , and the view out of it.

Ashness Bridge, not that you'd need me to tell you that.
It's hard to see from here, but it looks like someone has given this side of the bridge a slight nudge as they've drove over. I'm sure the car came off worse than the bridge, but it'll still need repaired, and sooner rather than later, otherwise part of the parapet is bound to fall away.

Autumn colours along the road down to Borrowdale.

Derwent Water and Cat Bells.

It was hardly any surprise it was dark early today. By the time I got back to Keswick the shops windows were already beginning to light up and the Christmas lights were adding a festive atmosphere to the town.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks