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Walla Crag from Great Wood

Lake District Walk

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Central Fells

Wainwrights - Walla Crag

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 4.5 miles / 7.3 km    Ascent - 1250 feet / 379 metres

Time - 3 hours 30 minutes    Grade - easy/mod

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Walk Route Description

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The low fells of Lakeland offer many superb walks and this is no exception. Offering grand panoramas over lakes and fells some effort is required to gain some height but the rewards are excellent. In clear weather this Lake District circular walk offers views to some of the highest mountains in England and you will also be rewarded with a grandstand view of Derwentwater and Keswick.

The walk starts in the National Trust car park in Great Wood (Grid ref. NY271211). This can be reached from the B5289 Keswick to Borrowdale road about 2 kilometres south of Keswick. After parking walk locate the southern pedestrian exit. This path leads towards a bridge over Car Gill (Grid ref. NY 271210).

Go over the bridge and continue straight ahead. This path gradually climbs below the crags of Brown Knotts to reach Ashness Bridge, which is often the subject of picture postcards. Having enjoyed the view retrace your steps a short way as far as the wall and take the right hand path.

This path leads uphill with a couple of short sections where you might need hands. The view improves as you get higher with an excellent panorama south, which on a clear day, will include Scafell Pike (England' highest mountain). Eventually the grade eases and ahead you will see the top of Walla Crag, which is located on the other side of the stone wall.

After enjoying the view continue along the path for a short way before crossing the wall into open country once more. The onward route continues north with the wall to your left on a broad easy to follow path. Ahead the views are towards Blencathra. The path descends quite steeply at times to reach a lane at Rakefoot (Grid ref. NY 283221). Go down the lane for a short way keeping a careful watch for a half hidden path on your left (Grid ref. NY 282222) which should be followed down to the bridge over the beck and downhill towards Keswick.

At the first path junction (Grid ref. NY 280223) turn left on a path signed to "Great Wood" Entering woodland you keep left at the first path junction continuing to join a forest track . This leads downhill under Walla Crag to reach Great Wood car park in just over a kilometre.

Note - You can omit the section to Ashness Bridge by taking the signed path on the north bank of Car Gill (Grid ref. NY 271210). This path is steep and is stepped for most of the way and leads you almost directly to the top of Walla Crag.

Other walks nearby

Walk 2587 Castlerigg Stone Circle & St John's in the Valeeasy/mod8.5 miles
Walk 1108 Ashness Bridge & Grange Fellmoderate9.0 miles
Walk 3029 Derwentwater & Walla Crageasy/mod6.5 miles
Walk 3037 High Seat & Bleaberry Fell from Keswickmoderate9.0 miles
Walk 2321 Shores of Derwentwater from Keswick easy3.5 miles
Walk 2036 Cat Bells from Gutherscaleeasy/mod4.0 miles
Walk 3525 Cat Bells (Route 2)easy/mod4.0 miles
Walk 3119 The Newlands Horseshoe - Catbells, Dale Head & Hindscarth mod/hard12.0 miles
Walk 1155 Causey Pikemoderate6.3 miles
Walk 1268 Cat Bells & High Spymoderate8.0 miles

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