1st April 2017

Sunshine and showers on Walla Crag

Time pm
Duration about 3 hours
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent somewhere close to 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Stormwater Bridge - Keswick - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Ashness Bridge - Derwent Water - Keswick - Stormwater Bridge
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


Well, there's certainly some amount of water about and, when you mix it with soil you get mud and when you walk through enough of that, you get covered in the stuff. Walking through mud on slopes can be a bit precarious as I saw later in the walk. A young guy slipped in front of me just above Ashness Bridge; he was OK but it must have hurt. Then I saw a group of 5 women. Two of them told me they'd slipped on the mud and slid down on their backs. They saw the funny side of of what happened but they were covered in mud from head to foot.
Here I walk from the parking spot to Keswick.

That's a good sign. Patchy cloud rising up the side of the fells. For the time being I knew I'd walking in dry conditions.


A sort of close up of Cat Bells.

Above Rakefoot Farm and looking across to the Skiddaw fells. Very nice in the sunshine on here.

Looking back I see Blencathra topped with cloud.

Splash, splash, splashing across the fellside I make my way to the top of Walla Crag. It just shows how much rain we've had over the last few days or so.

Looking across to Clough Head and the Dodds.

There were three things to take note of up here today. Quite a few other people, the view and, that rain moving across from the north western fells. As I took this picture the breeze was blowing in my face so it didn't require much intelligence to work out it was coming this way.

Walla Crag view.

Bleaberry Fell.

The top of the Cat Gill route looked more like a stream than a grassy path.

Ah well, if I have to stop to put a waterproof jacket on it might as well be at one of my favourite Lake District views.

Emptying down.

Along with everyone else I arrive at Ashness Bridge looking like a drowned rat with muddy legs.

And as if by magic, the sun returned for the return leg of the expedition.


A close up of Barf / Lord's Seat.

And to finish, I look over Derwent Water to the north western fells and, I begin to wonder if I'll get to Keswick Market before the pie & cake stall runs out of Lamb and Mint pies.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks