29th August 2012

Walla Crag in the sunshine


Walk Overview
Time 15.30 to 19.10
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 8.2 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Stormwater Bridge - Keswick - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Ashness Bridge - Dwewent Water - 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

After the heavy showers we had this morning, I didn't expect to be getting far today at all, and I certainly didn't expect this. By mid afternoon however, it had started to clear and that was when the phone rang. It was Jennifer telling me it had been raining all morning (I had noticed) and asking me if I thought she should still go for a walk on her own. If we can't co-ordinate a walk together, Jennifer sometimes goes on her own, , , , such is the reality of living and working here. Anyway; the afternoon looked promising so I suggested she waited in the house and I'd come along for a walk as well.
It was all a bit spur of the moment so we chased the sunshine for a little while and ended up walking up Walla Crag.

The Skiddaw fells seen from the path between Portinscale and Keswick.

A sunny, summer afternoon in Keswick.

Our route out of Keswick took us along the edge of Springs Wood where you get some nice views down to Derwent Water and the north western fells beyond.

It wasn't exactly boiling hot but it was still warm enough for Jennifer to take off her jacket and tie it round her waist.

We're above Rakefoot Farm now. Those are the Skiddaw fells in the background and that's Bassenthwaite Lake over there on the left.

A little further up and the view behind now shows Blencathra.


That's Jennifer walking 20 paces behind me again. Hence the old saying, 'women, , , , know your place'

"You can't say things like that"

Alright then, what I really meant to say was, it's funny how couples often end up walking apart yet still manage to maintain more or less the same distance from each other. I know in our case I don't intentionally accelerate off and then slow down to Jennifer's speed so there must be some other explanation for this.

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

And what better way to end a day is there than looking at the view from Walla Crag.

You have two options to get down to Borrowdale from here, one is to take the path on the right which leads down through Great Wood to Derwent Water or the longer option is to take the left hand path to Ashness Bridge.

From the top of Cat Gill you get this fantastic view of Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake.

The shorter route option I mentioned runs down the side of the wall you can see on the right of the picture.

Looking round to the right, you see the Skiddaw fells, Walla Crag and the top of Blencathra.

It looks like there's plenty of drama going on down at the far end of Borrowdale.

Sunshine on Ashness Farm.

Looking at the sky over there, it's a good job we chased the sunshine earlier. Had we walked nearer home we wouldn't have enjoyed the sunny condition for quite as long as we did.

The classic Lakeland picture showing Ashness Bridge with Skiddaw behind.

and the not so classic picture showing the water flowing under the bridge.

Down at Derwent Water now and that's the hundred year stone you can see almost covered by the water.

A close up of Cat Bells.

All tied up for the night and as seen as though torrential rain is forecast for tonight, I'd suggest drilling a hole into the bottom of the boats to let the water out.

It was much quieter on the streets of Keswick when we got back. Judging by the cafes and pubs, everyone seemed to be eating, drinking and generally being merry. Presumably they were celebrating the fact that we'd had a few hours sunshine. We on the other hand wanted to get home so we took the easy way out and called in at the chippy.
I waited outside and when Jennifer came out, she told me what I was having for supper. Hence the old saying, 'men, , , , know your place'

David Hall -
Lake District Walks