Walla Crag - Lake District

Walla Crag - Keswick - Lake District

Overall Rating - 

 

Distance 4.77 miles - Elevation 1,371ft 

Difficulty - Easy/Moderate 

Time - 2-3 hours 

Route Map:

Parking:

Parking is easy and convenient at Great Wood Car Park, CA12 5UP (please note that this is a rough postcode, there is a sign on the left just before the turn). There are no facilities at this car park and it costs around £7.50 for the whole day to park. 

Best time to tackle this Wainwright: This walk is at it's very best on a nice clear day. Bassenthwaite and Whinlatter forest can be seen from the summit when skies are clear. Snowy mountain tops are also an added bonus which can often be seen throughout early spring. 

Walk description:

The walk starts from the car park and heads up the hill through Great Wood. It is a nice gradual incline through the wood with a clear gravel track to follow. Keep following the track, there is an option to fork left but this should be ignored as it is a private lane to a farm. At the top of the wood take a slight left over a small wooden plank bridge. You should see Keswick ahead if you look north west. 

 

View to the west across Keswick

The narrow footpath continues on until you reach a sign post, turn right and head up towards Walla Crag with the stream and bankside on your left. 

Take a right towards Walla Crag

The path reaches a small bridge, cross the bridge and head up towards the road. Once at the road take a right, watch out for the pony. You cross another bridge and start the climb to the top of Walla Crag. 

Cross the small bridge and head up towards the road

This is the steepest part of the route, the field can be quite boggy if there has been lots of rainfall. Once you reach the gate, continue through it and head right towards the crag. 

Head through the gate and follow the path

A short track takes you to the highest point of the walk. There is a steep drop to the right hand side so it is advisable that pets and children are kept close by. 

View from the summit of Walla Crag

The view from the top across Derwentwater, looking over Cat Bells is definitely worth the climb.

Once the view has been enjoyed continue on and begin the decent. There is an option to head down on the Walla Crag route, ignore this and take the option across the stile and onto the footpath crossing the field. The path splits off after a short while, stay right and continue to head downhill. 

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There are some amazing views whilst descending, on a clear day Bassenthwaite can be seen in the distance. There are plenty of trickling streams for dogs to have a drink from or cool your feet down with a paddle on a hot day. 

After the main descent is complete a small bridge comes into view at Ashness, another opportunity for a paddle. 

Bridge at Ashness

Bear right and a small gravel footpath can be seen which leads back into a wooded area. 

This footpath is easy to follow, keep straight and head back towards Great Wood. There is a small footpath marker which directs you the right way where there is an option to veer off left. 

Head off the road and up the track back towards Great Wood

Continue along the footpath which provides views of the beautiful Derwentwater to the left. A small foot bridge takes you across a little stream, be sure to look up to the right and take in the waterfall views. There is a very short uphill before a slight left which leads back to the car park.

Dog friendly, Dexter approves!

Summary:

Walla Crag circular is a perfect Sunday hike with the dogs, with wonderful views across Derwentwater, Keswick and Cat Bells on a clear day. Although there are some uphill sections there is nothing to strenuous and anyone with average fitness will be able to manage the walk. There are no facilities at the car park so take a picnic and stop off at the toilet before arriving.  

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