10th July 2015

Walla Crag and Derwent Water

Time 2:10 to 4:30pm
Duration 2 hr 20 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 1100ft
Walking with On my own
Keswick - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - 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


Well I'm certainly in the right place, but there was no sound of leather against willow around here today. Pity really, , , , not because I wanted to watch it because I didn't, because the sun is out and as we all know that isn't happening too often this summer.

Leaving Keswick behind I head along Spring's Road where you get this view over the rooftops and all the way across to Barf in the distance. Those among you with a good eye for detail may notice the Bishop of Barf on the fellside over there. (to the right of the church / above the big tree)

Following the path up the side of Springs Wood.

It was lovely and hot walking up here this afternoon. Too hot to walk from bottom to top without stopping so this picture was taken on a 'brow mopping' pause.

As I look across to the Skiddaw fells I can't help but wonder where the crowds of people are. Walla Crag is usually busy place at any time of year never mind on a hot, sunny July afternoon.

Walla Crag with only one other person.

Looking t'other way I see Clough Head and the Dodds enjoying the sunshine.

Walla Crag view. Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite, Keswick and the Skiddaw Fells.


Bleaberry Fell seen above a sea of bracken.

Looking down the steep bit
and now looking back up it.

Down at Derwent Water and looking up back up to Walla Crag.

Low tide at Derwent Water.

"I know you're getting dizzy but Daddy's doing his best to go in a straight line"

Keswick Launch seemed to be doing a decent amount of business this afternoon. Perhaps there's a special offer on and these are the people that would normally have walked up Walla Crag on a sunny day.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks