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7th September 2014

Walla Crag

Walla Crag from Castlerigg Farm

Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk....

Autumn sunrise Misty morning

Sunrise at 06:40hrs on a short walk from Scotgate Campsite which went as far as Little Braithwaite Bridge. The lopsided tree has lost its mate and might now take on a fuller shape, if time permits.

Keswick Railway Path

The Railway Path, Keswick

Do not adjust your sets, this walk started from the same place as yesterday, that is Keswick Railway Station. It's 08:30hrs and we are aiming for Castlerigg Stone Circle.

Latrigg

Latrigg

The walk on the railway path was short and soon we were walking up Penrith Road and then Eleventrees, to find this view of Latrigg.

Castlerigg Stoneface

Castlerigg Stone Circle

A view of Blease Fell from the stone circle. A studious, tripod-ed photographer is spoiling my view - such folk give the impression they have a superior level of access to these places, but they don't and they shouldn't linger!

Castle Lane

Castle Lane

Castle Lane takes us towards our next target of Walla Crag. After crossing the A591, the path leads across fields to Rakefoot.

Castlerigg Farm

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Walla Crag

Path to Walla Crag

A cliff-edge path goes through the wall and gives walkers a more impressive approach to the summit.

Skidddaw from Walla Crag

Skiddaw from Walla Crag

"No excuse is good enough for missing this easy half-day's walk, which is delightful throughout" said Wainwright of his featured ascent from Keswick. We took a different route, but pick a fine day and this is as good as anything in the area.

Derwentwater Molly the Collie

Catbells and many other North-Western Fells can be seen beyond Derwentwater. Molly knows the routine and bags another summit.

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster

A distinctive, somehow warm, hum reached my ear and a glance over to the east and the only two airworthy Lancaster Bombers were approaching from Thirlmere. They were not flying in tandem and I think they were heading for an airshow in N.Ireland.

Lancaster Bomber

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Priceless! How about that for a surprise event, I knew they were due over Windermere later in the day, but had no idea to expect them whilst I was stood on top of Walla Crag. The obvious descent route is down Cat Gill and into Great Wood.

Cat Gill

Cat Gill

So, down Cat Gill and through the wood to the Derwentwater shoreline.

Derwentwater

Catbells

Ball fun and a great view of Catbells.

Red Arrows

Derwentwater

The flock of birds above the mountain range (Maiden Moor/High Spy) are actually The Red Arrows, presumably en route to the same show as the Lancasters. Maybe it's my imagination, but can anyone else see a face in the clouds, he's wearing a hat and could be playing the guitar?

Causey Pike

Causey Pike

We walked past the park and through Keswick to Fitz Park.

Cafe West

Cafe West in Fitz Park

Lunch in the park.

Keswick Railway Station

Keswick Railway Station

How many other towns have a railway station, but no trains?

Walkers: Me and Molly the Dog

Time taken: 3hrs 30mins hours over a distance of about 7 miles.

Weather: Sunny and warm.

Refreshments: Great food and service at Cafe West, Fitz Park.

Another walker's report on the same day: Sharkey's Dream - weaving his way up to the stone circle and beyond .... here

All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2014 ©

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