7th September 2014
Walla Crag from Castlerigg Farm
Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk....
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.
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.
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 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 takes us towards our next target of Walla Crag. After crossing the A591, the path leads across fields to Rakefoot.
Path to Walla Crag
A cliff-edge path goes through the wall and gives walkers a more impressive approach to the summit.
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.
Catbells and many other North-Western Fells can be seen beyond Derwentwater. Molly knows the routine and bags another summit.
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.
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.
So, down Cat Gill and through the wood to the Derwentwater shoreline.
Ball fun and a great view of Catbells.
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?
We walked past the park and through Keswick to Fitz Park.
Cafe West in Fitz Park
Lunch in the park.
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 ©