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Walla Crag In The Lake District – A Complete Guide

Walla Crag is a fairly low level trail, offering impeccable views over a great chunk of the Lake District. Here’s a complete guide.

How To Get To Walla Crag

Walla Crag is a 379m high fell (a barren landscape feature) located near the town of Keswick, around half an hour from Penrith, in the Lake District.

There are a two starting points for the popular walk, depending on how much time you have or how active a trekker you are.

Walla Crag From The National Trust Car Park

Distance: 2.8 miles

Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

The shorter, and most common, Walla Crag walk begins at the Great Wood National Trust carpark, on the Borrowdale road a couple of miles south of Keswick.

It’s a full circle trail, meaning you start the Walla Crag walk in one direction and come back round returning from the opposite. Please see map below for details.

However, if you’re just visiting for the views and want to avoid the majority of the trek, you can turn right out of Great Wood car park and double back on yourself once you’ve reached Walla Crag summit.

We stayed at Castlerigg Hall, which was just a short 25 min walk from the summit.

This was a really enjoyable walk because we were able to take a slow stroll and enjoy the wonderful surroundings.

Walla Crag From Keswick

Distance: 6.2 miles

Time: 2 hour 30 minutes

The longer version of the Walla Crag walk begins at the Market Square in Keswick town.

If you climb Walla Crag from Keswick, this route pretty much doubles the distance.

It takes you through the towns of Briery and Castlerigg, heads up and over Walla Crag, and then down to Ashness Bridge before returning to Keswick via the lakeshore. 

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Walla Crag Entrance Fee

It is free to visit Walla Crag.

The only thing you will have to pay for is parking. 

If you’re starting your walk from Great Wood National Trust carpark the options are:

Up to 2 hours: £4.50

Up to 4 hours: £6.50

All day: £7.50

If you’re starting your Walla Crag walk from Keswick, there are plenty of pay and display carparks throughout the town.

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Our walk from Castlerigg.
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Excited to get started.

Walla Crag Opening Times

Walla Crag is a public trail so it’s accessible all day, every day.

However we don’t recommend visiting after dark for your own safety.

Unless you’re a professional with all the correct night trekking gear.

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A sheep minding it’s own business half way up the summit.

Best Time To Visit Walla Crag

The best time to visit Walla Crag is sunrise because of the impeccable views and silence.

Sunset would be amazing too, however the rush to get down before dark could be tough depending on the time of the year.

If you’re a pro hiker, you could always take head torches to be safe.

On your Walla Crag walk, be sure to pack plenty of water and snacks.

You might need an energy boost at some point during your walk.

We had a little picnic at the top and saw other families doing the same. Time flies during your walk, so having supplies is always a good idea.

Whilst in the area, if you’re looking for an epic hidden gem near Keswick check out Thirlmere Infinity Pool.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

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Views after views after views.

What To Expect On Your Walla Crag Walk

Walla Crag is a ‘fell’ in the English Lake District, near Keswick.

A fell is a high and barren landscape feature, such as a mountain or moor-covered hill.

Although the Walla Crag walk is varied throughout with a few steep climbs, it is doable for most able bodied people.

It can be slippery in parts, especially if it has been raining, so sensible shoes are a must.

This is a fairly low level walk compared to others in the Lake District.

However considering this, it still offers outstanding views of Derwent Water, as well as panoramas over Bassenthwaite Lake in the North and the jaws of Borrowdale in the South too.

Families do the Walla Crag Walk all the time, so it’s certainly achievable for children.

Dogs are welcome on the trail too. However, you will pass lots of sheep on the way up so be careful not to disturb them.

The summit of Walla Crag is a large flat space, so there’s plenty of room for everyone to enjoy the view at once.

When we visited in October, it wasn’t busy at all so our time spend up there was pretty peaceful.

We perched ourselves on a rock with our picnic and enjoyed the stunning views.

Overall, we would highly recommend saving a morning or afternoon for the Walla Crag Walk, if you’re in the area.

In addition, if you are looking for a waterfall to visit, less that 30 minutes drive away is stunning, Moss Force Waterfall.

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Peace, from the Walla Crag walk.
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Charlie and the most beautiful back drop.
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Derwent Water in all its glory.
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Enjoying the view.
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Keswick is the town below. Derwent Water is the lake on the left, and in the far distance lies Bassenthwaite Lake.
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A clear view of Derwent Water.
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Finishing the Walla Crag Walk off nicely with a panorama.

Where To Stay In The Lake District

Luxury

Lakes Hotel & Spa

This luxurious hotel is perfectly situated with views of Lake Windermere, a short stroll from the village of Bowness-on-Windermere. 

The hotel can arrange collection from Windemere station which is just 10 minutes away. 

Lakes Hotel & Spa has some of the best on-site facilities in the area, half of the rooms with hot tubs on private balconies. There’s also an on-site spa, a stylish restaurant and a cocktail bar. As well as bike hire, wakesurfing and paddleboading. 

There are many walks that you can take straight from the hotel gates, and there are even boats that travel the length of Windermere, making it easy to visit surrounding areas.

Mid-Budget

The George Hotel by Best Western

This traditional hotel stands in the very centre of the bustling market town of Penrith. 

Free parking and free Wi-Fi is available at the property. Meals are available to enjoy in the intimate, candlelit Devonshire restaurant which boasts a beautiful open fire.

The wood panelling and old local wall prints combine to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere, where many generations of loyal visitors have returned time after time.

Budget

Albany House

Located in Penrith, Albany House offers bed-and-breakfast accommodation with free WiFi access throughout. 

Guests benefit from free public parking facilities near the accommodation. The property also boasts a 4 gold-star rating from the AA, along with breakfast awards. 

Rooms at Albany House B&B come with a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities and either an en-suite or external bathroom. 

Breakfast is available between 8:00 and 9:00 every morning in the common breakfast room.

For more places to stay in the Lake District, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. 

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile. 

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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