13th May 2012

Walla Crag from Keswick


Walk Overview
Time 08.20 to10.55
Duration 2 hr 35 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Briar Rigg - Keswick - Springs Wood - Castlerigg - Rake Foot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Great Wood - Derwent Water - Keswick - Briar Rigg
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

I had hoped to get out and do another one of the passes walks today, but the weather forecast did little to inspire a long day out. Instead, I headed out for a short walk up Walla Crag which never fails to please.

The Skiddaw fells.

Keswick Museum and Art Gallery. God knows how many times I must have been to Keswick in my life yet I've never been into the museum. Strange really, because whenever we're on holiday or away somewhere, this is the kind of place I enjoy visiting; not the art gallery bit, just the museum itself.

A sort of close up picture of Maiden Moor and Cat Bells.

Lots of north western fells in this picture from Maiden Moor to Causey Pike to Grisedale Pike.


Above Rakefoot and looking back towards Blencathra.

Blowing a gale on Walla Crag summit. No wonder I had the place to myself.

Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake seen from the edge, but not too close.

Looking the other way for a view of Clough Head and the Dodds.

Bleaberry Fell.

This is the top of the Cat Gill route a quick but quite steep route between Derwent Water and Walla Crag.

For such a small fell which is so easy to reach from other directions, the Cat Gill route has a couple of surprisingly steep sections.

A little bit of brightness on Cat Bells.

Calfcloae Bay.


Thousands of people must stop and look at the Hundred Year Stone every year, but I wonder how many of them walk right past this stone explaining what it's all about.

To all those who have helped the national trust in its first 100 years to preserve land in the Lake District for ever for everyone 1995

  and this is the stone itself.

Keswick Launch in front of Causey Pike.

The rocky bit just in front of me is Friar's Crag.

A close up of Stable Hills.

Down by the landing stages.


Considering this is the middle of May Keswick main street was strangely quiet today. This is the amount of people I'd normally see here in December. On a positive note; if it hadn't been so quiet I might not have spotted the guy in the red jacket walking in this direction, , , it was Sir Chris Bonington.

Flood defences. This is a much better idea than a ten foot wall.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks