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Walk                           :  Walla Crag (1,234ft) and Bleaberry Fell (1,932 ft) from Great Wood Car park, Borrowdale 

Date                           :  16th  April 2015

Weather                    :  Warm sunshine, light winds @ 15 °C

 

Distance                   : 5 miles round trip

Time Taken              : 1 hour 20 mins to first summit (Walla Crag)

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

Overview

 

What a marvellous day to be in Lakeland. Perfect weather for climbing – sunshine and a light breeze made this perfect conditions to walk up to this

most charming of small fells (Walla Crag). An easy walk on a good path and a marvellous summit view. I also used the opportunity to follow the very

good path across to Bleaberry Fell

 

 

The car park at Great Wood in the Borrowdale valley is the starting point for this walk

 

 

At the south end of the car park a path leads off into the woods

 

 

The path climbs gently up to a wooden bridge that crosses Cat Gill and wends its way towards Ashness Bridge

 

 

At this point make a left turn and start the steep climb that runs parallel with the Gill

 

 

Thankfully the path has been “stepped” to assist the climb

 

 

Continue along the path through a series of wooden gates

 

 

The path veers left away from the Gill and goes through another wooden gate

 

 

The path becomes yet steeper as it approaches the third gate

 

 

Nearing the point where the forest canopy ends and access to the open fell side becomes apparent

 

 

Looking back towards Causey Pike and Grizedale Pike over Derwent Water

 

 

Pretty soon the final gate comes into view

 

 

Follow the clear grass path until you come to a clearly defined fork

 

 

At this point take the left fork

 

 

Continue on along the left fork until you reach the stile in the fence that crosses over the stone wall

 

 

The summit approach from over the stile

 

 

Wow !!! The Skiddaw massif from the summit towering over Keswick

 

 

Blencathra from the summit

 

 

Bassenthwaite from the summit – you can also just make out The Bishop of Barf (left of centre)

 

 

Grizedale Pike from the summit

 

 

Sue and I on the summit. Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit … http://youtu.be/U-oYiu0040

 

 

Close up on Blencathra

 

 

Sue takes in the views – whilst I head off to Bleaberry Fell

 

 

I make my way back to the stone wall so as to pick up the path to Bleaberry Fell

 

 

Heading down the track towards Bleaberry Fell

 

 

The well defined track to the summit of Bleaberry Fell

 

 

The final push to the summit is steep

 

 

The view north from the first marker cairn (not the true summit)

 

 

There is a choice of summit cairns – Im not sure which is the official one – it could be this

 

 

Or this ….

 

 

After a short while on the summit I returned back to Walla Crag to pick up Sue – just as the sun was falling behind the North Western Fells

 

 

 

 

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