Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell

Another week in the Lakes, although this ones a bit different. I’m staying in Keswick this time, in order to take advantage of the pubs and eateries on the doorstep and I won’t be walking as much as I normally do when I’m up here. However my first day here and I’m doing a walk from the doorstep, first up to Walla Crag and then to Bleaberry Fell. I returned via Cat Gill, which was a lot steeper than I expected and I can imagine its fairly treacherous after rain. Still it was a good starter walk and the weather was pretty good, although even better weather was to come. It was lovely to be back in Lakeland

Start – Keswick, St Herbert’s St
Route – Springs farm – Rakefoot – Walla Crag – Bleaberry Fell – Cat Gill – Great Wood – Keswick
Distance – 5 1/2 miles    Start time – 1.45pm     Time taken –  3hrs  Highest Point – Bleaberry Fell  590 metres
Weather – Some sun, some dark clouds but it didn’t rain
© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

© Crown copyright 2016 Ordnance Survey FL 2016 SF

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Starting out along the road to Springs farm and the views to Catbells open up

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Higher up and Derwent Water makes an appearance as well, Walla Crag is above the trees on the left

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Derwent Water, Catbells and the north western fells as I head towards Rakefoot

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Zooming in on Catbells

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The bridge over Brockle Beck by Rakefoot farm

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Climbing the final section to Walla Crag, plenty of people also making the visit to the summit. Here the views are back to Skiddaw on the right and Lake Bassenthwaite

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The higher you go the better the view, Keswick far below now

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The other direction gives a grand view of Blencathra

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The sun comes out as i top out on Walla Crag and make an already stunning view, just that bit better!

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Fantastic vista

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Dark clouds over Borrowdale kept things nice and moody

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Bleaberry Fell across Low Moss with its obvious path on the right

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One last photo before I leave Walla Crag

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Looking back to Walla Crag, Skiddaw behind with Derwent Water and Bass Lake to the left

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Lovely layering of fells

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Great Gable is the pointed one right of centre, Scafell Pike just the the left of it, at the back

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A strip of sunlight across Clough Head and Great Dodd

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The Helvellyn ridge from Bleaberry Fell summit

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The summit shelter with the cloud dropping down onto Skiddaw, Blencathra on the right

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Derwent Water and Walla Crag from Bleaberry Fell

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From left to right (not all fells included), Crinkle Crags, Bowfell, Esk Pike, Glaramara (dark bulky lump centre left), Great End, Scafell Pike, Seathwaite Fell, Lingmell, Base Brown, Great Gable (pointy one), Grey Knotts, Brandreth and Kirk Fell

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Clough Head in the sun as I descend

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Heading across Low Moss

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Cat Gill, I’ve come across to take this photo and I now need to get back to the wall down there

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Having popped out of Great Wood I follow the path alongside the road into Keswick

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The dark shapes of Catbells left and Causey Pike right

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Walla Crag back in the sunshine

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