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Derwentwater via Walla Crag

Posted on 11th March 2017 by CE Team

For the most spectacular views of the lake and a pleasant shoreline stroll, this route will not disappoint.

The summit is a wonderful vantage point for panoramic views across the local area and experiencing just how breath-taking the surrounding scenery can be.

This trail takes you 4.5 miles from Walla Crag to Ashness Bridge and Derwentwater and requires around two hours. Rest assured, your four legged companion can come along, too.

The Route

You begin this walk at the car park at Great Wood and take a small path passing picnic tables to the left corner. Head down this trail which rises through the woods and crosses over some small streams until the scenery turns to fields and you can enjoy views of Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake and towering Skiddaw.

You will then reach a t-junction which is signposted for Castlerigg and Walla Crag. Follow the right path and cross a wooden footbridge. Before following the track up to a level tarmacked lane. At the fork just beyond Rakefoot Farm, bear right until you come to another footbridge and cross the beck.

Head down the track alongside Brockle Path (the greener of the two), keeping your eye on an isolated tree ahead. Here, bear left towards the summit of Walla Crag as soon as you see it. When you come to a wall cross at the stile and bear left towards the summit. You will spot a rocky platform come into view and stunning views across the landscape.

Look out over Derwentwater and further afield and, when you decide it’s time to stroll home, head back down to the top of Lady’s Rake, where you can cross back over the wall. Retrace your steps until reaching a stile, where you can turn left rather than right and follow the streams of Cat Gill, taking in the recognisable buildings of Ashness Farm.

As you approach Ashness, you will be greeted with fantastic views of Borrowdale and its marshlands. Before following the route back to Great Wood.

Recommended For …

This route is great for walkers of all ages and experiences, as well as canine companions who simply want to explore the wonderful sights Borrowdale, Walla Crag and Derwentwater have to offer and can be easily accessed from the doorsteps of our Lake District holiday cottages.

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