Lake District walks - Walla Crag

Please note that this page takes a long time to load, but be patient - there are lots of lovely pictures!

The view looking back into Keswick from Springs Road. The spire is St John's Church, and you can just see Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance.

Looking west and north-west from the path by Springs Wood.

What sheep do when it's too hot (and this was 10 am!)...

Lucky sheep...

Running through Springs Wood is Brockle Beck, a favourite of Samba's - just the right place for a wallow...

Blencathra in the distance.

Above Rakefoot farm, looking north to Skiddaw.

and round to Blencathra

A panorama from the top of Walla Crag. It starts at Bleaberry Fell, to the south-east, and finishes at Blencathra to the north-east (by way of a squall over the north-western fells). Just use the right arrow key (or drag the slider at the bottom of the screen) to view the whole panorama - and remember to return to the left hand end in order to continue down to the remaining pictures.

These are pictures cropped from the panorama above.

Here's another panorama from the same spot.

Keswick from near the top of Walla Crag (Sophie being appreciative, for a change). The wood in front of the town is Castlehead, which is a good easy walk with great views.

In this picture you can clearly see all the peaks in the Skiddaw massif. From the left: Dodd; then the Ullock Pike ridge running south to Carl Side, which forms the way up from Millbeck village at its base; Skiddaw itself; coming back more or less along the snowy path you reach Skiddaw Little Man on the path down to Keswick. On the right is Lonscale Fell. The low fell on the right is Latrigg - which contains a reservoir serving Keswick and district; the water comes from Thirlmere, a few miles behind the camera.

On the far right half way down the picture you can see Keswick's very own TV mast, now festooned with more antennae for one of the mobile phone networks. Mobile phone reception in the northern Lakes is now pretty good, except in the depths of some of the more remote valleys - and it's really quite difficult to notice most of the masts.

In some of the pictures you can see Bassenthwaite Lake, the only "Lake" in the Lake District, and a very blue Derwentwater. The little village at the end of Derwentwater is Portinscale; beyond it in the distance is Thornthwaite, on the other side of Bassenthwaite.

Not a bad view for mid-winter...

The view west, this time from the top of Walla Crag.

The view as you start descending towards Cat Ghyll. The path across the top of Cat Ghyll to Ashness is out of shot on the left.

This is the view as you start descending Cat Ghyll to Great Wood.

and from a few hundred yards further south. Looking west, Catbells is in the foreground, then Causey Pike in the centre of the picture, with Grisedale Pike behind Barrow on the right. The second and third pictures show the path up Walla Crag from Cat Ghyll (this is the flat bit!).  The last pictures are of the dogs paddling at the top of Cat Ghyll, just before it drops sharply towards the lake.

From the top of Falcon Crag, on some very hot, still afternoons.

Reflections on the lake...

As a contrast to all the blueness and jagged peaks, look south-east from Walla Crag. The picture on the left shows Bleaberry Fell, the highest point on the bleak (and boggy) moor stretching down south between Derwentwater and Thirlmere. Bleaberry Fell is one of those hills which look quite different from different angles: the second picture is taken from almost a reciprocal angle, with Walla Crag out of sight over the ridge to the right.

Looking south-west, into the sun. This is where the Derwent river flows out of Borrwdale into Derwentwater, and it's all very low-lying - often flooded after rain, as you can see in some of the pictures which follow.

When there's rain around in Borrowdale, you can get some great effects when the sun is struggling though the clouds...

The farmer at Ashness had just kindly painted his fields bright green...

The same view, in summertime. Ashness Farm seems to have a wide variety of animals: horses, cows, sheep, often all in the same field. Not to mention pigs, ducks, and chickens...

The view back from the farm towards Derwentwater

Back to the main "Braithwaite walks" page.

For somewhere to stay nearby, try

Highbridge Cottage.

© P. G. R. Rigg 09/08/2005