Walla Crag and Ashness Bridge from Clarence House Keswick , a stunning varied walk with lots of interest along the way
Walking boots advisable, Rocky Paths with some boggy patches …………….6.5 Miles ………….Elevation 1,155 feet
Walking from Clarence House along Eskin Street, turn left at Ambleside Road, after 50 metres turn right onto Spring Road, follow the road until you come to Springs Farm. Pass the tea room and enter the woods with the pretty stream on your left. Follow the path through the wood baring right, Derwentwater will come into view and is a good excuse to take a breath up the steep path. Follow the sign for Walla Crag alongside the wood, crossing a small bridge, turn right at the road, walk along the road towards Rakefoot farm on your left. Pass the farm and cross the small stream again.
The walk follows a rocky pathway up the side of the fell, with stunning views towards Derwentwater and the Coledale Horsehoe and behind of Skiddaw and Blencathra. This section of the walk is the most strenuous, but the summit of Walla Crag is soon spied.
Cross a couple of Boggy areas and walk towards the wall. The walk to Walla Crag can go either way, easily alongside the wall or for more lofty views through the gate. The Heather is particularly beautiful along this section of the walk and is in bloom from the end of July through August.
Take care along the rutted path, especially in damp weather. A short walk over the rocky boulders and you will be on the summit of Walla Crag. The views from here are wonderful, a perfect spot to take a well earned rest. Carry on along the path heading towards a gate and wall, cross the wall and head along the path. At a pile of stones just below the stile, take the track to the left that heads across the moorland, rather than the one that heads downhill to your right.
Bear right across the heads of the streams of Cat Gill, and eventually you will see the track heading straight for the white buildings of Ashness Farm in the distance. The rocky path heads down towards Ashness Bridge, possibly the most photographed packhorse bridge in the Lake District.
Another perfect spot to rest the weary legs. Follow the road steeply down towards the Lake. Walk along the side of the lake heading towards Keswick. passing Stable hills and towards Friars Crag and The Theatre by the Lake.