Walla Crag

Walla Crag

Central Lake District

Route: Walla Crag

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 7th February 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.7 miles

Weather: Cloudy with a few bright spells

We parked in the National Trust car park at Great Wood and followed a track in the direction of Ashness Bridge, turning sharp left after a short distance to begin the easy and steady climb up through Great Wood and towards Castlerigg

We emerged from the wood and walked past Rakefoot onto open fellside with gradually improving views over Keswick and Derwent Water, with the views from the summit of Walla Crag being superb

We continued along the edge of the crag for a short distance until we reached the descent path which runs beside Cat Gill. I’d forgotten how steep this path is, and it’s better to use this for the ascent (I’ve reflected this on the maps page). We gingerly climbed down the rocky staircase, slippery when wet, with a series of cascdes on our left as we did so, and near the bottom we returned into Great Wood to retrace our steps back to the start

An excellent little walk, though as mentioned best done in an anti-clockwise direction

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