Walk                 : Walla Crag & Bleaberry Fell

                                        Date                 : 16th  April 2015

                                        Weather           : Beautiful day, warm sunshine, light wind around 15°C

                                        Route Details    : Great Wood Car Park Borrowdale Valley, Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and return

                                        Distance           : @ 5 miles

 

                                                Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                                        A 3D visual of the walk

 

 

 

                                        Overview

                                       

                                                            What a difference a couple of days make in Lakeland. I climbed Red Screes the previous Saturday in almost arctic conditions

                                                            and today could not have been more different for this cracking walk in the Borrowdale area just south of Keswick Town centre.

                                                            Clear blue skies all the way, a light wind and around 15 degrees in the sun, it was a perfect way to spend the last day of my extended

                                                            Easter holidays before returning to work the next day. It was one of those days when the only place to be in the world was Lakeland

 

 

We took the A66 into Keswick from the M6, I couldn’t resist this shot of Blencathra as we approached the Town centre

 

 

From the town centre take the B5289 towards Borrowdale and after about a mile or so you will come to Great Wood car park

on your left which 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 to the first of a series of gates

 

 

Approaching the second gate as we veer left away from the Gill

 

 

 

The path becomes “stepped” again as it gets steeper and swings left to the third gate

 

 

A look backwards and the view now starts to open up as the top of the plantation is reached, here looking at

Causey Pike and Grizedale Pike over Derwent Water

 

 

Pretty soon the final gate comes into view

 

   

 

Through the gate and follow a clear grass path until you reach a clearly defined fork. At this point keep left towards the wall. The path right

leads off eventually towards Ashness Bridge OR Bleaberry Fell

 

 

 

Just slightly further on a stile crosses the stone wall and gives access to the summit. On a day like today

be prepared for a sensory overload when you get to the top !!

 

 

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

 

 

To the East, Blencathra

 

 

Looking North West over Derwent Water towards the “volcano like” Grizedale Pike

 

 

Looking West towards the Cat Bells, Maiden Moor, High Spy ridge

 

Here is a 360 degree panoramic view from the summit   http://youtu.be/U-oYiuD0040

 

 

  

 

At this point we had the pleasure of meeting with and talking to a lovely couple who had come up from Macclesfield along with “Katy” here who sat patiently

throughout the whole time – they obliged with the photo of Sue & I on the summit (if only our dog was so well behaved)

 

 

A close up of Blencathra showing Sharp Edge leading up to Foule Crag on the right of this shot. A giant of a mountain

 

  

 

The views today were just stunning

 

 

Looking South towards Great Gable and the Scafells

 

 

Walla Crag summit cairn – I suspect my addition to it will get blow off come the first decent gust of wind

 

 

 

While Sue beds down for lunch with her Kindle I head back down south across towards the second peak of the day – Bleaberry Fell at just a shade under 2,000 feet

 

  

 

The stone track crosses the top of Cat Gill before you have to go “off piste” a little to pick up the cairned path towards Bleaberry Fell.

Navigation is not an issue here as you can see the summit all of the while, its just that you do have to deal with some very boggy ground

 

  

 

The path improves a little after a dreary trudge as it swings round left towards the summit

 

 

The steep push to the top on the final section (thankfully “staircased”)

 

 

The view North towards Bassenthwaite Water from the first marker cairn (not the summit)

 

  

 

There is a choice of summit cairns – I’m not sure which is the official one

 

 

 

Another bit of “Arty” cairn construction from me, should last for ages !!

 

 

At this point I doubled back to pick up with Sue on the top of Walla Crag here - Derwent Water from the summit – but where is her indoors ?

 

 

Asleep on the job (as per usual) apparently the battery had run out on the Kindle !!

 

 

A long last lingering look at spectacular scenery over Derwent Water as we start the journey back down. On days like this you just want to stay up there

 

 

After a mega fish, chips and mushy peas at the Keswickian chippy back in Keswick we just pop down to Lakeside to see the setting sun cast

its shadows across Skiddaw before setting off home

 

 

What a privilege to be in the Lake District on a day like this

 

 

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