Walla Crag

Walla Crag

Route: Walla Crag

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 25th July 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 3.6 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Sunny and very hot

On an exceptionally hot day, which turned out to be the hottest ever recorded in the UK, a long fell walk would have been very arduous. Our thoughts turned to one of our favourite lower lakeland fells – Walla Crag – which we visit at least once a year

We parked in the National Trust car park at Great Wood and followed the footpath heading south along the wood. We soon arrived at the ominous sign ‘Cat Gill – very steep!’  This is our preferred route and so we ignored the alternative sign pointing to Walla Crag via a longer and gentler route

The Cat Gill path is indeed steep and rocky (and is much easier to ascend than descend) but there are no dangers. Hands aren’t needed and it provides a very quick way to the top. 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 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 great little walk

After the walk was over we made the short drive into Keswick to visit Stuart McGlennon’s Lens District Gallery and nearby Keswick Boot Company. Anyone looking to buy a landscape photo of the highest quality or a comfy pair of walking boots, is highly recommended to visit these local independents. The Keswick Boot Company is also running a challenge for charity, in brief: buy a badge, pick a Wainwright fell, climb it, take a photo at the top and upload it. It’s a worthy cause with prizes on offer, more details here. Two badges were duly acquired, and we look forward to our next fell walk

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