Walla Crag

Name of walk Walla Crag
Date of walk 2018-08-09
Distance walked (miles) 6
Duration of walk 4 hours 10 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk Walla Crag
Walked with On own
Parking Behind Leisure Centre

Yesterday Fr. John had a fall on High Spy, cracking his head on a rock and bruising his ribs. Thankfully he is okay, but needs a few days to recover. Brendan had planned to meet up with friend, Val, for lunch in Keswick anyway, so I did the Walla Crag walk by myself, and we would visit John in the afternoon. I had last done this walk five years ago. Then it took me just over two hours. Today I allowed myself four. The walk was six miles from where we parked the car. From the town centre I head up St. John’s St. and the Ambleside Road.

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I head off down Springs Road which has views over to Cat Bells.

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Plus views back to Keswick.

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After the tea shop you head into the woods.

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Once out of the woods the views open up again.

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Causey Pike.

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Another woodland section, a bridge, then turn right and walk along a road.

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Then a final bridge shown in the photo which leads up, through a gate, and on to the fell side.

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View to Skiddaw as I begin the main climb.

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Blencathra.

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Sheep among the bracken.

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Just after this point is a wall stile that leads up to Walla Crag summit.

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The rock summit of Walla Crag. It took me an hour and a half to get up.

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Views to Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake.

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Looking down on Keswick.

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Two photo panorama of the view west. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Me on the summit. I only sit for a few minutes. I ring Fr. John to see how he is. The walk wasn't the same without him!

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Close up of Bassenthwaite Lake.

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Close up of Blease Fell on Blencathra.

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My route down heading over another wall stile ahead.

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Then I head down Cat Gill. The path is beside the wall. I remember that the path is very steep, but do-able if I take my time.

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Looking over to Bleaberry Fell.

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After I go through the gate I meet John and his cute dog, Alfie. We have a chat. John lives below Latrigg so this is very familiar ground to him. He thinks I'm doing well with my knee to be descending Cat Gill, but the worst is still to come!

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Here's an awkward section. I apply the ancient art of 'grabbing the fence', to aid my descent.

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Still heading down steeply into Cat Gill....nice views though!

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Thankfully I'm now down beside the gill and the going is much easier. I take a track through the woods, cross the main road and I come out on the shore of Derwent Water, at Calfclose Bay.

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Derwent Water from my rock seat.

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I head through Stable Hills and Ings, where I find a seat with this view towards Castle Crag.

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Cat Bells.

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Just before Friars Crag I meet up with Brendan who had finished his lunch with Val and we'd arranged to rendezvous on the shores of Derwent Water. Not long after, we meet Jim and Mil Pickering, and Blue the dog. Jim had spotted my knee replacement scar, as he'd had one four years ago. So we chatted 'operations and recovery' for a while. It was good to meet someone who has had it done but is active and doing some serious walking. Many people I meet who have had a knee replacement consider walking to the car or around Tesco, as being active!

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The landing stages.

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An amusing name! We had parked near the old (closed) railway line. The walk had taken me just over four hours, twice the time of five years ago.

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We head off to Fr. John's for a coffee. St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Cockermouth Main Street.

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Brendan and John in the church garden which backs on to the River Derwent.

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Garden view, unfortunately this makes the church susceptible to flooding. John spoiled us by giving us strawberries and cream.

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Outside the presbytery.

I was glad to see that John was recovering well, hopefully he will be back to walking hills in a few days. We took the Egremont route back to Walney Island, infinitely preferable to the Ambleside route at this time of the year. We have a bell ringers’ walk planned from Beetham on Saturday, hopefully the weather will be kind!

Jo.

 

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