18th September 2016

Derwent Water and Walla Crag

Time In the morning
Duration Err, , , , not sure
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 1100ft or so the computer tells me
Walking with Jennifer
Keswick - Derwent Water - The Ings - Calfclose Bay - Ashness Bridge - top of Cat Gill - Walla Crag - Rakefoot Farm - Springs Wood - 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


This was typical of a nice early autumn morning with a slight nip in the air to kept things feeling that little bit cooler than they might otherwise have been on a sunny morning. The grass being wet enough to make us avoid it and the leaves definitely on the turn, but still a long way from starting to fall in any great number. There wasn't a breath of wind and as this photo shows, everyone seems to be somewhere else.

Over on our left the Skiddaw fells were looking particularly clear this morning, albeit with a little bit of cloud on the tops.

All was quiet in Keswick when we passed through. This wasn't the case when we returned later in the day

Keswick launch prepares to set off on what I think was its first trip of the day. In the background are Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Barrow and Grisedale Pike (the one with the wisp of cloud).

That's a coincidence, we were just talking about this yesterday and how good it would be to give it a go sometime.

Cat Bells and Causey Pike (plus some others) seen across Derwent Water.

Cat Bells again.

Ashness Bridge - you probably new that already.

Ashness Bridge is left behind and we walk up the path which eventually leads to Cat Gill & Walla Crag. The sunshine had all but gone but it was still warm work.

Upwards we go until we reach the big rock somewhere near the skyline. That's where we stopped for something to eat.

The view from the top of Cat Gill.

and the view from the top of Walla Crag.

A close up of Derwent Isle.

Lots and lots of people up here today including quite a few youngsters with very big bags. I've no idea what they get taught in preparation for being sent into these places with out any adults but I'd suggest the people doing the teaching try telling them the importance of wearing a rucksack properly. I mean look at it. No wonder some of them looked like they were about to fall over.
No, I'm not moaning for the sake of it, I'm right. If bags as heavy as these ones were worn properly it would make things so much easier for them.

We leave the top and head in the direction of Rakefoot Farm where we have a view of Blencathra almost all the way.

A bit further on and as I say, Blencathra is still in view.


Derwent Water and some of the north western fells come into view just before we begin walking through Springs Wood.

And to finish, we walk through Springs Wood, through Keswick and back to the car.

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Lake District Walks