11th June 2016

Very humid on Walla Crag

Time 11am to 1:30pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 6.9 mile
Ascent 1100 ft wouldn't be too far off
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 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


Any plans I may have had for a long walk on a sunny day were thrown in the bin a couple of days ago. The forecast was uncertain about everything except the fact that it would not be a sunny day. That left me with no plans where to walk and the dilemma of trying to time any outdoor activities so they fell between the long spells of rain. A couple of hours were spent at home watching the rain and then about mid morning I decided to take the chance and head out. So, here I am at 11am walking towards Keswick. It's dry, it was hot and there was no wind but, to say it was quite humid would be an understatement.

A busy day at Keswick market.

A view back to the Keswick.


Springs Wood.

Looking across to Derwent Water and Cat Bells.

View from the top of Walla Crag.


Bleaberry Fell seen as I begin the walk down towards Cat Gill.

Taking the Cat Gill route off Walla Crag but blimey, it wasn't half hot and humid today. Very uncomfortable indeed.
I passed a couple of guys along here and one of them half jokingly said he felt cheated because he was so hot, sweaty and was finding it such hard work without having been on the drink the night before.
As someone who is tea-total and has never 'been on the drink' I politely laughed, agreed with him and thought to myself yes, I can see exactly what you mean.

A view down Derwent Water to the Jaws of Borrowdale.

The Hundred Year Stone and, , , ,

, , , , the plaque found nearby. I wonder if it's still called a plaque when it's laying on the ground this.


The bay next to Friar's Crag shows how low the water level is at the moment.

Keswick launch gets ready to do a circuit of the lake and as you'd expect, lots of people are opting to sit outside. Something I'm sure many of them will later regret. - - - - - Have a look at the previous picture and you'll see the rain heading this way.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks