Walla Crag is a fell in
the Lake District near Keswick and is a popular short walk from Keswick
which 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 and 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
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 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
routes near Walla Crag