This walk makes a great finish to your tour in the Lake District; Very impressive views at the top of Walla Crag, pass the torrents of Ashford Gill and follow trails through woodland and a memorial to John Ruskin.
Following a fairly steep climb up to the heather clad summit of Walla Crag you are rewarded with one of the finest views in all of Lakeland. The sparkling surface of Derwent Water below and the Skiddaw range rising behind Keswick are sights to behold! Walking onward you skirt the Cat Gill ravine before descending to reach Ashness Bridge fording the torrents of Ashness Gill. This much admired and photographed single arched bridge is a reminder of once busy packhorse routes across the Fells.
The Lakeshore path back to Keswick is a delightful hike through woodland and along wide bays. At the rocky outcrop of Friar’s Crag you will find a memorial to John Ruskin who thought the views some of the finest in all Europe.
Take a left at Ashness Bridge to find what the locals claim to be the best view around the entire lake, Surprise Lookout.
Check the weather forecast before setting out and listen to advice locals may offer you. When the route follows a road with no footpath remember to walk on the right hand side so you are facing any oncoming traffic.
Food & Drink
Cafes and food stores for supplies in Keswick, plus one small farmshop/cafe 2km into the route.
Points of interest
The centre of Keswick and now the Tourist Information Centre
Walla Crag and Lady's Rake
A range of accessible crags with views over Derwentwater and the surrounding peaks.
The most photographed bridge in the Lake District
Theatre on the Lake
Live theatre, exhibitions and a cafe.
Ferry drop off points all over the lake.
Along with your usual gear for a day out in the hills remember to pack a wind/waterproof and an extra layer. The weather can change fairly quickly up on the peaks.