Walla Crag - Route One

 

Start - Great Wood NY 271 212 Distance - 0.85 mile Ascent - 825 feet Time - 45 minutes


The National Trust car park in Great Wood is the starting point for this walk
 A broad path heads south from the car park, passing above the site of the old car park as it climbs steadily towards Cat Gill
The footbridge spanning Cat Gill, not crossed on this ascent.  The path on the other side leads to Ashness Bridge
Instead take the stone pitched path rising steeply on the north side of the gill
The path passes through a couple of handgates in its lower reaches
The views ahead are restricted but as height is gained there are a few opportunities to look back over the treetops to the north western fells
Higher up the path begins to turn away from Cat Gill as it nears the top of the plantation
Looking back, The summit of Robinson appears on the horizon over the col of Hause Gate
Approaching the handgate which gives access to the open fellside
Looking down to the tree shrouded Cat Gill from above the handgate
Above the handgate the path encounters a band of rock, the final steep part of this ascent
Looking back towards the head of Cat Gill
Looking over Derwent Water to Catbells
Above the rock band easier slopes lead on towards the summit
Looking back to Brown Knotts above the head of Cat Gill
A stile in the wall gives an opportunity to visit a viewpoint on the edge of the escarpment
The vertical profile of Falcon Crag across Cat Gill from the viewpoint
A path continues along the tree-fringed escarpment from the viewpoint but most walkers rejoin the wider path on the open fellside
Looking back towards Great Gable, High Spy and Maiden Moor
The north western fells
The final short rise before the summit comes into view
Looking across to the summit of Bleaberry Fell with Brown Knotts on the right
A stile gives access to the summit of Walla Crag
The view looking back from the stile
The north western fells from the summit cairn which is set back from the edge of the crag where most people gather to appreciate the view
Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake
Keswick and Skiddaw
Looking north along the escarpment, the path is the usual route of ascent from Keswick
Blencathra
Clough Head and Great Dodd
Great Dodd, Watson's Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd, Raise and White Side on the horizon with the Dodd Crag ridge of Bleaberry Fell in the middle distance across Low Moss
Bleaberry Fell
 Looking south to a crowded skyline with Crinkle Crags, Scafell Pike and Great Gable being prominent
Maiden Moor and Catbells across Derwent Water
Derwent Water and the north western fells

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