Walla Crag and your need to know guide on the Wainwright


Wainwright Number:

Central Lakes

OS Map:
Explorer map OL4

Walla Crag is 379m high or 1243ft tall. 

This Wainwright is located in the central Fells of the Lake District.

You can head up Walla Crag from your start point of Ashness Bridge. From here you follow the clear route all the way to Walla Crag summit, with the option to detour towards Bleaberry Fell too. 

You will need Explorer map OL4.

The closest Wainwright to Walla Crag is Bleaberry Fell. It is a short twenty to thirty-minute walk from Walla Crag. 

At the top of Walla Crag is a large cairn. From the top of Walla Crag, you also get excellent views over Derwent Water and the north western Fells in the Lakes. 

Welcome to our Walla Crag page. This is where you’ll find everything that you need to know about the Wainwright. From routes to the top, and best parking in the area. To the views, you can expect to see and the top maps to get you there too. So let’s jump right in. If you want to know something specific then simply click on the link below and it will take you straight to that point. Just to make it a little easier for you.

Facts about Walla Crag

The parent peak to thisWainwright is Bleaberry Fell. This parent peak is located just south-east from Walla Crag and is around a further half an hour walk from the Wainwright itself. So if you have an extra hour or so while on your walk in the Lake District then heading to Bleaberry Fell is well worth the walk. You’ll get views looking back to Walla Crag, as well a higher perspective from around the whole area.

The main face of it is heavily wooded when looking towards the fell from the banks of Derwent Water. However, the accents to the top of the Wainwright are taken from the north and south of the fell. So you don’t have to worry about heading up any overly steep routes to get to the summit. However, you can have a walk around the woods of Great wood that sits alongside Walla Crag.

Walla Crag is located near to the beauty spot of Ashness Bridge. If you’re walking up via the southern route then you can take a detour to see this and the stunning views overlooking Derwent Water from here too. It really is worth taking a look at and getting some photos for yourself for future memories.

Looking towards Bleaberry Fell from Walla Crag
Looking towards Bleaberry Fell from the summit

How high is Walla Crag?

The overall height of Walla Crag is 379m or 1243ft. It is neither the highest nor lowest of the Wainwrights but is number 204 out of the total 214 Wainwrights. Its height makes it a good starter fell to climb. And along with its location so close to the town of Keswick, it is a popular choice for families and others when in the area.

It isn’t the toughest of walks which makes it even better for a beginners walk, and the good round routes that you can take can provide anywhere from a few hours walk, to a whole day out in the Lake District.

Where is the Wainwright located?

Walla Crag is located in the central range of the Lake District and lies just next to the popular town of Keswick. Because of this location, it makes it a popular Wainwright to climb up. This fell offers some exceptional views looking out over Derwent Water.

This Wainwright lies to the east of Derwent Water and is easy to get to from the A66. The best postcode to get parked near to start your walk is CA12 5UP. This will take you to the National Trust car park to start your walk from.

The coordinates for the Wainwright of Walla Crag is 54°34’51”N 3°07’18”W.

How hard is Walla Crag to climb?

Walla Crag is an easy enough fell to climb up to. There are some steeper sections to the route whichever one you decide to take. But overall the climb is simple with little difficulties. This is a reason why Walla Crag is a great beginner Wainwright to walk. There isn’t any scrambling to contend with or scree slopes that others fells in the Lake District have.

How long does it take to climb the Fell?

If you start your walk from Keswick you will be looking at around a three to four-hour walk to Walla Crag and back again. You can choose to park closer to the base of the Wainwright and this would cut down the walking time needed if you only have a spare hour or two while on your stay in the Lake District.

Are the paths good for climbing Walla Crag?

The paths up to Walla Crag are easy to follow and navigate. They are trodden often by many fell walkers in the Lake District and there aren’t many days of the year in which you’ll find yourself alone in the central fells. There is no scree or scrambling up to the top of this fell. And so there are little difficulties on your way up to the top of this Wainwright.

Best parking for the Wainwright

Some of the best parking to climb up to Walla Crag is around Keswick itself. In the town, they have multiple car parks which are pay and display. You can also park down at Derwent Water and pay to stay here for the day too. This gives you the option to spend as long as you like around the area for the day.

In addition to this, you can park at the National Trust car park at Great wood. This is also a pay and display car park, but if you’re a National Trust member then it is free to park up. The postcode for this car park is CA12 5UP. From here you would head up towards Ashness Bridge which is a beauty spot in the Lakes. The path then steepens a little as you head up towards Walla Crag from here.

What is at the summit of Walla Crag?

At the top of Walla Crag is a large cairn. So even in low cloud and poor weather conditions, you’ll know that you have reached the summit. Alongside this, it becomes a slightly rocky outcrop. Around the summit, there is a scattering of trees which continue down the main face of Walla Crag. This is what makes up Great wood and there are walks that you can have around these woods too lower down towards Derwent Water.

Views from Walla Crag overlooking Derwent Water in the Lake District
Views from Walla Crag overlooking Derwent Water

What are the views from the top of Walla Crag?

From the top of Walla Crag, you will see exceptional views looking down towards Derwent Water and the fells beyond. You will see the idyllic town of Keswick to the north of Derwent Water too. Looking further north the Skiddaw range of Fells come into clear view with Blencathra to the east of this.

Towards the south, you can see the parent peak of Walla Crag which is Bleaberry Fell. This is a short walk of around half an hour or so walk from Walla Crag itself. And you should be able to see the clear path from it to this Wainwright on a clear day.

Which OS map do you need for the walk?

The ordinance survey map that you will need for the walk up to Walla Crag is the Explorer map OL4. This will clearly show the routes that you can take to the top of the Wainwright and further afield if you chose to explore more around the central fells in the Lake District.

You can also choose to take a look into other guidebooks to help you guide you along your route to the top of Walla Crag. One of the best guide books out there is the Alfred Wainwright pictorial guides to the Lakeland Fells. If you wanted to read this book and check out what Wainwright has to say on Walla Crag then you’d need his book number three.

Best places to stay around the area

The easiest and closest place to stay around Walla Crag is the town of Keswick. It is a bustling tourist town where booking in advance for your stay is essential. They have hotels, B&Bs, lodges, as well as camping facilities in and around the town. So if you’re wanting somewhere to stay to walk to around the central fells and beyond then Keswick is a great base to start from.

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