28th February 2016

Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell

Time 8am to 1pm
Duration 5 hr
Distance 10.3 mile
Ascent Somewhere around 2100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Keswick - Springs Road - Springs Wood - Castlerigg - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Bleaberry Fell - Cat Gill - Ashness Bridge - Derwent Water - Keswick
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


All the fells may have been crystal clear and perfectly lit up by the sunshine but it was still early enough when we arrived here for the shadows to be stretching right across the field alongside the parking spaces. It was also early enough for the previous nights frost to carry on giving people that rosy cheeks look as well as tingling finger ends. Jennifer sets off walking she tells me "it's too cold to hang about", so I stand here on my own taking this picture of Grisedale Pike and the fells around Crag Hill. Before heading off to catch up I tell myself we're in for a perfect late winters day.

Early morning sunshine lights up the fields as I look across towards Keswick.

The Skiddaw fells stand out clearly over the whitened fields. It's just a pity the view is somewhat spoiled by the reminders of what took place here last December.


Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy seen from the Springs Road.

Keswick rooftops seen in front of Barf (above the church) and Sale Fell (right).

More of the north western fells begin to come into view as we gain some height. The air was crystal clear today so even from here we could see people walking up Cat Bells, Barrow and the bottom section of Grisedale Pike.

The Skiddaw fells taken from the path above Rakefoot Farm.

It was still quite early so we had Walla Crag to ourselves. We could see people heading this way from a couple of different directions but the actual top was all ours.

Well, we certainly can't complain about the view or the weather or the crowds or anything else you care to mention. In fact, it doesn't really get any better than this.

Looking across to Lonscale Fell and Blencathra.

Here's a close up of Derwent Isle.

As nice as it was standing on top of Walla Crag it was time to make tracks and head to Bleaberry Fell (by the path on the left). Straight ahead takes you down Gat Gill and we're not going that way today.

Blencathra, Threlkeld, the A66 gap and Clough Head seen from the walk up Bleaberry Fell.

Just like Walla Crag, the top Bleaberry Fell was deserted while we were here. Pity we had to be somewhere later today otherwise it would have been nice to continue as far as High Seat while the sun was out and the ground was frozen.

Heading back the way we'd came, I take this picture from the "BIG" cairn found below the actual summit of the fell.


And here you have the top of Cat Gill view of Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite. It would still be worth walking all the way up here even if this was the only view you got to see.

Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell were deserted, but once we got down here, the rest of the walk was as busy as I'd expect it to be in the middle of summer. Blue sky and a bit of warmth seems to have persuaded everyone to venture outdoors for the afternoon; and to be honest, I can't really blame them.

Now for the nice walk back around the side of Derwent Water to Keswick. I know you don't need me to keep reminding you about the winter floods but the scary thing was, some of the debris on the trees we passed was above head height.


The Hundred Year Stone was almost on dry land today which allowed people (us two) to get up close for a better view of the carving. The stone was placed here in 1995 to mark 100 years of the National Trust.

A close up of Grisedale Pike behind Friars Crag.

Well, that was a good walk but as I said before, we have to be somewhere so there was no time to dawdle about. It was straight back to the car, home, bathed, changed and out again.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks