Walla Crag and Ashness

walla cragA steep climb up to Walla Crag gives stunning views of Derwentwater.

Turn right from Hazelmere and head to Keswick’s Market Square, walk to the left of the Moot Hall and go straight up St John’s Street past the Cinema and continue on until you find Springs Road on the right. Walk along Springs Road and take the path at the end of the road up through the farm yard and woods. When the path splits turn right and follow this path past the TV mast. At the next path junction go straight ahead and when this meets a road turn right. At the end of the road cross the beck and follow the path uphill and then to the right along the course of the dry stone wall. Use one of several stiles or gates to cross the wall and follow the path to the summit. TAKE CARE, you are now at the top of Walla Crag and the paths on this side of the wall are suddenly close to very steep ground and large drops. From the summit paths take you back to the Lakeshore through the woods or you can continue on to Ashness Bridge to enjoy this classic Lakeland view, returning to Keswick either by the lakeshore path to Friar’s Crag or through Great Wood below Walla Crag. Alternatively you can take the launch back to Keswick from the Ashness Road junction.

Things to do – Walks

Ascend Latrigg
Get a great view of Keswick

Railway Line Path/Lower Latrigg:
Delightful circular walk

Walk Around Derwentwater
Walk the whole 9 miles or hop on a launch and walk back

Walla Crag and Ashness
A classic walk with a classic view

Castlehead and Cockshot Wood
The woods are particularly lovely in May when the Blue Bells are out

Catbells
Favourite ridge walk rising up to 445m (1424 feet) with a clear path giving stunning views of Derwentwater

Things to do – Drives

Derwentwater Drive
A delightful drive through what we think is the loveliest valley of them all.

Buttermere & Crummock
This drive of just under 30 miles takes in spectacular passes and wonderful lake views. Several walks are suggested for this day out.

The North Lakes
A longer drive : around 60 miles – which takes in 6 lakes/tarns and the spectacular Kirkstone Pass.