25th November 2016

Derwent Water and Walla Crag

Time AM
Duration Don't know
Distance 10.8 mile
Ascent Somewhere around 1400ft
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nichol End - Bottom of Cat Bells - path along the side of Cat Bells - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Rakefoot Farm - Springs Wood - Keswick - Portinscale
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


When I left home this morning I had grand plans to walk on some of the high fells above Glenridding but had a change of heart as I sat waiting to get through the roadworks next to Bassenthwaite Lake. I'm still getting a bit of pain in my back and thought the sensible thing to do was stick to lower ground today. Probably a good move as it turned out because I had a fantastic day walking in mostly warm(ish) sunshine with sleeves rolled up. And, , ,, to finish off I headed over Walla Crag for good measure.

At Nichol End marina I look across Derwent Water to the Skiddaw fells. Conditions doesn't get much clearer than this.



At the bottom of Cat Bells I cross a wintry looking road without slipping about enough to do a back-flip.

Blencathra reflections.

Doesn't get much nicer than this does it.

Down by the lake again and despite the snow on the tops and lots of frozen ground down here, it was surprisingly warm and to say the least an enjoyable place to be on such a perfect day.

Looking towards the Jaws of Borrowdale.





Today was - - the perfect day for reflection hunters.



By the time I reached the jetty at the bottom of the Ashness Bridge road I'd talked myself into walking over Walla Crag. If and only if my back was still OK by the time I reached Ashness Bridge. Otherwise it would be easy enough to turn around and carry on walking by the lake side.

Derwent Water and in the distance Bassenthwaite Lake, taken from the fellside above Ashness Bridge.

The view from the top of Cat Gill.

and now the view from Walla Crag.

Still lots of snow on the eastern fells.

Heading down to Rake foot Farm with a view of Blencathra.


Walking through Springs Wood.

And to finish, , , I spy this hot air balloon slowly working it's way across the sky.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks