6th April 2015

Walla Crag and Ashness Bridge


Walk Overview
Time 11:45am to 3:45pm
Duration 4 hr
Distance 8.1 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Keswick - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Ashness Bridge - 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


Today, we'd planned to have a walk in a very quiet area but ended up walking in one of the busiest. The forecast was for low cloud all morning so we stayed at home to give it a chance to clear. Obviously we didn't wait long enough because the place we intended to walk was still in thick fog when we were almost there. So, we made the snap decision to keep hold of that walk for a brighter say and go somewhere else instead.
As we emerged from the fog near Keswick, we thought that seemed as good a place to walk as anywhere. You can see the low cloud in the distance.

Bank holiday in Keswick - packed.

From Springs Road we look back towards the town and the bank of cloud which was slowly moving away.

At the end of Springs Road we pass by Annie's Pantry. Great we thought, and before I know it, Jennifer went in to get the ice creams. Five minutes later Jennifer returns empty handed.
"Where's the ice creams"
"There's plenty in the freezer but no one was serving. I went into the other bit and there wasn't even anyone in there"
Perhaps we're just impatient but one thing you expect to find in this kind of place is someone there to serve you.

Heading up through Springs Wood.


A close up of Grisedale Pike and Derwent Water.

Above Rakefoot Farm and I turn round to get a picture of the Skiddaw fells.

and further still, I look towards Blencathra.


As expected, Walla Crag was very busy today. Bank Holiday + sunshine = lots of people out enjoying themselves.

Here's the view of Keswick and the Skiddaw fells seen from the top.

Still at the top and I take this picture of Derwent Water and the north western fells.

One of Lakelands best views, Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite seen from the top of Cat Gill.



Ashness Bridge was reached and despite the lack of people in the photo, it was very busy here as well.


Keswick Launch was doing good business today.

"There's a bloke over there taking your photo. Why don't you strike a manly pose"

"Ouch, , , , "
"you be quiet and keep pushing"

Peaceful Derwent Water in front of the Skiddaw fells.

A close up of Walla Crag summit.

I'll bet they're pleased it wasn't Easter last weekend when we had gale force winds and pouring rain.


Well, I (we) really enjoyed that; crowds and all. With all the tarns walks I've been doing it seems like ages since I've had an 'off the cuff' walk like this one.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks