Friday, 22 April 2016


It may be only 1243ft high but this walk is a sheer delight if you have a couple of hours spare. Plus the view from the top is even better. You can either park in Keswick and go up through the woods to Castlerigg or, if you are feeling lazy, you can park up at Castlerigg and then it's a mere stroll. You can also park at Great Wood car park down Borrowdale where you have the choice of another two paths. Either a gentle stroll through the woods or a very steep and stepped climb which more or less makes a bee line for the top,

Once up there the views over Derwentwater to the North Western Fells are stunning as is the view south to the Scafell group of hills. Looking from the top, Great Gable appears to be the highest of the Lakeland Fells and not Scafell Pike. This is possibly because its summit stands in isolation and is quite pointed.

You can then either continue your walk to Ashness Bridge and come back via Derwentwater shore or if to are feeling more energetic, you can carry on up to the higher Bleaberry Fell. I was feeling lazy that day and just parked myself on the top of Walla Crag and took in the fabulous views before strolling back down.

These are photos of my little stroll, hope you enjoy them.

Walla Crag from Castlerigg



Keswick and Skiddaw from the top


Skiddaw from the summit

Blencathra from the summit

North Western Fells

A summit cairn


A journey of two halves.

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