Today I took the opportunity for a relatively quick walk from Keswick (in between shop stock deliveries!) up to Walla Crag.
Height: 379 metres / 1243 feet Grid reference: NY 27684 21285 Category: The Central Fells
Today I did a nice circular route from our Keswick shop up to Walla Crag before dropping back down to Derwent Water for a wander along the lake shore. The weather was ever brightening with a hint of blue sky once down to calm Derwent Water; this is a lovely shorter walk from Keswick and the climb to Walla Crag is relatively easy following this route.
It was lovely and sunny once more over Keswick this morning and I managed to squeeze in a quick walk up to Walla Crag before heading into Keswick to see how the Love the Lakes shop fit was getting on. It was good to get out with a bit of sunshine on my back again and Dougal and Casper certainly enjoyed the walk. There weren’t many places to have a drink for them as it is so dry so they had to be content with the remaining puddles in Brockle Beck on the return.
The temperature has warmed since last week and there has been some thaw over the last couple of days. We had a short walk from Rakefoot Lane up to Walla Crag – it was supposed to be an easier walk to give Dougal a taste of winter conditions but as it turned out, the weather up there was quite severe so it was a good job we were only going a short way! We returned via Castlerigg Stone Circle and en route we were recognised by a couple of StridingEdge fans from Leicester – it’s always nice to stop for a chat with website viewers.
Today’s quest was to get Dougal out on the fells for a bit longer, not do a walk that was too tough and begin to get his stamina up a little. The walk to Walla Crag from Surprise View offered this plus plenty of different options depending on how we got on. I had intended going up onto High Seat but it seemed further than I remembered so I decided to drop down to Derwent Water and walk along the shore for a change.
More almost perfect conditions again today. The walk started with a few camera maladies – try as I might, I could not get my ‘best’ camera to work so I had to revert to number 2. I spent an annoying 20 minutes or so messing around with it before I admitted defeat, it would have to wait until I got home to consult the user guide. That apart, it was a lovely walk – superb conditions, no wind with only the haze coming down to spoil that a little bit. Just me and Casper again today, I don’t think Angus can handle this heat, haircut or no haircut.
The school holidays have begun, so the first job of the day was to get Connie some new boots and a new jacket from Keswick before testing them out with a walk up to Walla Crag via Ashness Bridge. It was not a bad day today; the wind on the top was cold and brought snow flurries, much to Connie’s amazement – she thought it was Spring!
Start point: Great Wood car park. (NY 272 212)
Walla Crag (209) from Great Wood car park.
Weather: Overcast with rain.