23rd March 2013

A wintry walk on Walla Crag


Walk Overview
Time 10.45 to 14.35
Duration 3 hr 50 min
Distance 7.9 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Keswick - Borrowdale Road - Ashness Bridge - Cat Gill - Walla Crag - Rakefoot Farm - Castlerigg - Springs Wood - Keswick - Portinscale
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

While huge areas of the country were suffering widespread disruption because of yesterdays snowfall, those of use living over on the western / north western edge of the Lake District had none at all. Lots of kids will be disappointed when they see the snow on TV but all of us car drivers are pleased that we can drive safely to the snow (if you're that way inclined) and then get back home again.

There seemed to be an awful lot of people out and about at valley level today. I'm not sure if these were people in search of a bit of excitement or people that would normally been up on the fells somewhere and thought better of it.

The Borrowdale road.


Looking across Derwent Water to Cat Bells.

With the end of March just around the corner you'd expect to see people sitting about eating pick-nicks and enjoying some warm weather at Ashness Bridge. This wasn't the case this year.

Up the side of Barrow Beck we go for a little while before turning off to the left.

Derwent Water, Cat Bells, Causey Pike and Barrow.

Derwent Water is in view but the surrounding fells and anything in the far distance is barely visible through the cloud and snow.

The view backwards.

Looking ahead to Walla Crag.

A view of Derwent Water from the top of Cat Gill. Bassenthwaite is there as well, but you can't really see it.

I don't think it was actually snowing while we were out today but the wind was whipping up the spindrift almost the whole way.

Isn't nature great?

Not far from Walla Crag now and with us moving away from the shelter of the fellside and into the open, the wind was beginning to affect our ability to walk in a straight line.

That's the Cat Gill route to / from Walla Crag running down in the same direction as the wall. That one is far too steep and precarious for these conditions.

Bleaberry Fell.


Walla Crag summit. We didn't walk right to the edge because the wind was far too gusty.

Heading down to Rakefoot.

We're almost down to the minor road at Rakefoot Farm now and we were expecting it to be a little more sheltered and less windy. We were so wrong !!

Wow, it's a heck of a long time since I've seen owt like this.

The group of youngsters over there were having a great time in this. They were throwing each other in the drifts and they seemed reluctant to move away from the windiest spot on the road.



Walking through Springs Wood.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks