Walla Crag

Route: Walla Crag

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 14th September 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.6 miles

Weather: Light cloud with some sunny spells

We parked in the National Trust car park at Great Wood and followed the footpath heading south along the wood. We soon arrived at a sign pointing uphill to Walla Crag, which leads to the top of the fell via Rakefoot. We ignored the sign, as we’d chosen to climb up the path beside Cat Gill and this lies a little further along the woodland path

The path is quite steep and rocky at times (and is much easier to ascend than descend) but it provides a very quick way to the top and before long we arrived at Lady’s Rake from where it’s a short stroll to the summit. From here there are superb views over Derwent Water. It was a clear day and we could clearly see Scotland in the far distance beyond Bassenthwaite Lake. 

We retraced our steps to Lady’s Rake and then followed the path which leads up to Bleaberry Fell, but we soon branched off that to walk above Falcon Crag in the direction of Borrowdale. We descended gently to Ashness Bridge, a popular beauty spot, where I took the obligatory photo to add to the thousands that have been taken from here

This marked the start of the return leg, and from the bridge we followed a path above the road and below Falcon Crag, with lovely views over Derwent Water all the way. This brought us back to Cat Gill and after crossing the footbridge we retraced our steps back to the start. It was a short but very sweet walk

 

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