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Walla Crag
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.


1 Topography 2 Geology 3 Summit 4 Ascents 5 Height 6 References

Topography[edit] 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
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
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. Geology[edit] The crag itself exposes the plagioclase-phyric andesite lavas of the Birker Fell
Formation. The summit area is overlain by drift deposits.[1] Summit[edit]

The view looking north towards Skiddaw, Derwent Water
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.[2][3] Ascents[edit]

The summit

Walla Crag
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.[3] Height[edit] Fellwalkers of an older generation found the height of Walla Crag
Walla Crag
an easily memorable 1,234 ft, much as Scafell Pike
Scafell Pike
was once a simple 3,210 ft. More recent work by the Ordnance Survey
Ordnance Survey
has now elevated Walla Crag
Walla Crag
to 1,243 ft. References[edit]

^ 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): ISBN 0-00-711365-X

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