Walla Crag is a fell in the English Lake District, near Keswick. The
fell is a popular short walk from Keswick and gives superb views over
Derwentwater. The western face is prominent in views across the lake
and fine views over Keswick are available from the summit.
The crag is the terminal cliff on a short ridge running north west
from Bleaberry Fell, dropping about 400 ft from the plateau
above. Below this are further steep slopes before the gradient
slackens on the shore of Derwentwater. The face is heavily wooded —
mainly with conifers — almost to the top. The trees continue down
through Great Wood to the lake.
Walla Crag has one major breach,
Lady's Rake, but this is not a recommended route of ascent.
The summit lies a little way back from the brink, the smooth
heather-clad hinterland then dropping to the broad depression of Low
Moss. Beyond here the ground rises again to Bleaberry Fell. The
southern boundary of the fell is formed by Cat Gill, which flows west
from Loss Moss to the lake. The gill separates
Walla Crag from the
neighbouring Falcon Crag, popular with rock climbers. Brockle Beck
flows north from Low Moss, before turning west to enter Derwentwater
at Strandshag Bay.
The crag itself exposes the plagioclase-phyric andesite lavas of the
Fell Formation. The summit area is overlain by drift
The view looking north towards Skiddaw,
Derwent Water and Keswick
The top is marked by a large cairn and gives fine views over the
islands of northern
Derwentwater and the Vale of Keswick. There is
also a clear line of sight down
Borrowdale to the high fells.
Walla Crag makes a half day or evening walk from Keswick and can be
climbed via Brockle Beck, Great Wood (a traverse under the face) or
Cat Gill. There is also a clear path from Bleaberry Fell.
Fellwalkers of an older generation found the height of
Walla Crag an
easily memorable 1,234 ft, much as
Scafell Pike was once a simple
3,210 ft. More recent work by the
Ordnance Survey has now
Walla Crag to 1,243 ft.
British Geological Survey
British Geological Survey 1:50,000 series maps: Sheet 38: BGS (1998)
^ Wainwright, A (1958). A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book
3 The Central Fells. Westmorland Gazette.
^ a b Mark Richards: The Central Fells: Collins (2003):
Wainwright's Central Fells
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