For the most spectacular views of the lake and a pleasant shoreline stroll, this route will not disappoint. The summit of Walla Crag is a wonderful vantage point for seeing across the local area and enjoying just how wonderful the scenery in the area can be. This route takes you 4.5 miles from Walla Crag to Ashness Bridge. Give it about two hours and rest assured your dog can come along too.
You begin this walk at the car park at Great Wood and take the small path passing past the picnic tables at the left corner of the parking area. You head down this path which rises through the woods and crosses over some small streams until the woods turn into fields and you can enjoy views of Keswick as well as Bassenthwaite Lake and towering Skiddaw. You will then reach a t-junction which is signposted right for Castlerigg and Walla Crag. Follow the right path and cross over the back at a wooden footbridge. Follow the track up to the gate and turn right along a level tarmacked lane. At the fork past Rakefoot Farm bear right until you come to another footbridge and cross back over the beck.
A stony track will now take over and take you through another gate. Walk along the open ground with a wall to your right. Once you reach the end of the wall head down the track still following alongside Brockle Path. It is the greener of the two paths. Stay on the path, keeping your eye on an isolated tree ahead, bear left towards the summit of Walla Crag as soon as you see it. When you come to the wall cross it at the stile and bear left towards the summit. You will see a rocky platform come into view and a stunning view across the landscape is yours to enjoy. Look out over Derwentwater and further afield. When you decide it’s time to go back, head back down to your right to the top of Lady’s Rake and you’ll find another stile to cross back over the wall. You can retrace your steps and once you pass the stile go left rather than right and then bear right across the streams of Cat Gill, so you can see the recognisable buildings of Ashness Farm. As you approach Ashness you can enjoy fantastic views of Borrowdale and its marshlands. Cross Barrow Beck on the provided footbridge, turn right downhill and Ashness Bridge and the famed view it is known for are all yours to behold. Once you have enjoyed the view head a little further down the road and follow a signpost on your right, indicating the route back to Great Wood.
This route is great for walkers of all experiences who simply want to enjoy the wonderful sights around Borrowdale and Derwentwater. Dog walkers can easily enjoy the route, even over steeper parts.