Derwentwater and Walla Crag

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2010-08-26

11 members met at the Lakeside car park in fine, sunny conditions. We set off for Friars Crag and took the lakeside path past Calfclose Bay and had a coffee stop at the Ashness landing stage. We took the road up to Ashness Bridge where some of our party decided to add to the 5 billion photographs of this famous landmark. Our route took us away from the bridge, climbing steadily towards the summit of Walla Crag, with outstanding views all the way. We had lunch just short of the summit and then took in the views from the summit itself, a veritable vista of Keswick, the Skiddaw range and the north western fells. We descended to Brockle Beck and Rakefoot farm before entering Keswick from the south, noting the lovely houses with views across to Cat Bells. We had refreshments at the Lakeside café, admiring the Invisible Man playing the piano. Most of our party were staying overnight. The Deightons, Wrights and Sargeants decided on a Keswick pub crawl in the evening, whilst Steve, Carol and Mark T, based at Braithwaite, decided on a pub meal in the village. We cannot at this stage comment on the pub crawl but the Braithwaite party enjoyed philosophical discussions about life, the Universe and everything in Mark’s caravan, fuelled by Jura malt whiskey whilst watching the Moon and Jupiter rising over the fells.

Yet another highly successful Thursday walk.

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