Walla Crag

Start point: Love the Lakes, Keswick (NY 266 233)

Love the Lakes, Keswick – Springs Road – Springs Wood – Rakefoot – Walla Crag – Derwent Water – Love the Lakes, Keswick

Distance: 4.9 miles      Total Ascent: 322 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours     Start Time: 10:00

Weather: Overcast but warm. 17°C

Today I took the opportunity for a relatively quick walk from Keswick (in between shop stock deliveries!) up to Walla Crag. Although dull to start with, the weather was ever improving throughout the walk. This walk will feature in a future edition of Trail magazine.

Walla-Crag

Walla Crag

Start point: Love the Lakes, Keswick (NY 266 233)

Love the Lakes, Keswick – Springs Road – Springs Wood – Rakefoot – Walla Crag – Derwent Water – Love the Lakes, Keswick

Distance: 4.9 miles     Total Ascent: 322 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours     Start Time: 12:30

Weather: Frequent wintry showers. 3°C

The weather has turned wintry once more with plenty of snow around, especially in the northern lakes. There were lots of snow/sleet/hail showers around today and I decided to to a walk from the convenient base of our shop in Keswick to Walla Crag as the views from there are superb.

Walla Crag

Walla Crag

Height: 379 metres / 1243 feet Grid reference: NY 27684 21285 Category: The Central Fells

Winter on Walla Crag

Winter on Walla Crag

A panoramic view to the north-west from the summit of Walla Crag

A panoramic view to the north-west from the summit of Walla Crag

Casper at the summit of Walla Crag

Casper at the summit of Walla Crag

Walla Crag

Start point: Love the Lakes, Keswick (NY 266 233)

Love the Lakes, Keswick – Springs Road – Springs Wood – Rakefoot – Walla Crag – Derwent Water – Love the Lakes, Keswick

Distance: 4.9 miles     Total Ascent: 322 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes     Start Time: 11:15

Weather: Summer! 20oC.

Phew, what a scorcher as the run of superb weather continues in the Lakes. The day started off cloudless but soon built up after I set off from Keswick (in shorts at last!). a few weeks ago it felt like summer would never come…

Firstly, a few from the other day…

Walla Crag

Start point: Love the Lakes, Keswick (NY 266 233)

Love the Lakes, Keswick – Springs Road – Springs Wood – Rakefoot – Walla Crag – Derwent Water – Love the Lakes, Keswick

Distance: 4.9 miles     Total Ascent: 322 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours     Start Time: 10:15

Weather: Clear spells and showers. 8oC

Today Connie and I were joined by a few families that follow StridingEdge and we had a lovely relaxed walk up to Walla Crag from Keswick. The weather was kind to us after recent days and it was great to chat to friends old and new along the way.

Walla Crag

Start point: Love the Lakes, Keswick (NY 266 233)

Love the Lakes, Keswick – Springs Road – Springs Wood – Rakefoot – Walla Crag – Derwent Water – Love the Lakes, Keswick

Distance: 4.9 miles     Total Ascent: 322 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes     Start Time: 11:15

Weather: Dull but clear. 6°C

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.

Walla Crag

Start point: Rakefoot Lane (NY 282 226)

Walla Crag from Rakefoot Lane

Distance: 2.3 miles     Total Ascent: 327 metres     Time Taken: 50 minutes     Start Time: 08:50

Weather: Bright, sunny and warm. 21C

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.

Walla Crag

Start point: Rakefoot Lane (NY 282 226)

Rakefoot Lane – Castlerigg Farm – Rakefoot – Walla Crag – Nest Brow – High Nest – Castlerigg Stone Circle – Rakefoot Lane

Distance: 4.7 miles    Total Ascent: 246 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Cold and windy. 3°C

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.

Walla Crag

Start point: Surprise View (NY 268 189)

Surprise View – Ashness Bridge – Falcon Crag – Walla Crag – Cat Gill – Calfclose Bay – Barrow Bay – Ashness Bridge – Surprise View

Distance: 4.3 miles     Total Ascent: 392 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Sunny spells. 14C.

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.

High Seat

Start point: Surprise View (NY 268 189)

Surprise View – Ashness Bridge – Walla Crag Bleaberry FellHigh Seat –  High Tove – Watendlath – Surprise View

Distance: 8 miles     Total Ascent: 621 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours

Weather: Fine and sunny, not a breath of wind. 21oC.

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.

Walla Crag

Start point: Car Park opposite Barrow Bay, Derwent Water (NY 269 203)

Barrow Bay – Ashness Bridge – Falcon Crag – Walla Crag (474) – Cat Gill – Barrow Bay

Distance: 3 miles     Total Ascent: 307 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours

Weather: Sunny with the odd snow flurry. 6oC.

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!

Walla Crag

Start point: Great Wood car park. (NY 272 212)

Walla Crag (209) from Great Wood car park.

Weather: Overcast with rain.