Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell

Sunday was a rare dry day with very clear views, but, as we found when we got higher, some ferocious gusts of wind.

We set out from Great Wood, via the Brockle Beck and Rakefoot up the very easy ascent of Walla Crag.

An interesting place. In older guidebooks it’s Wallow Crag, and was one of the last locations for eagles in the Lake District.

At the top is the deep gully of Lady’s Rake, named after Lady Derwentwater, who escaped from her island home on Derwent water with the family jewels, after her husband had got caught up in the 1715 Jacobite Rebellion. Her exploits did hubby little good – he got his head chopped off in the Tower of London.

The Path to Walla Crag (c) John Bainbridge 2015

The Path to Walla Crag (c) John Bainbridge 2015

The view from the top is sensational, not only over Derwent Water and over so many surrounding mountains – and they looked glorious on Sunday.

Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite and Keswick from Walla Crag (c) John Bainbridge 2015

Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite and Keswick from Walla Crag (c) John Bainbridge 2015

On then to Bleaberry Fell, an easy walk from Walla Crag, though we almost got blown off the top in the fiercest gales.

A modest height but there are really grand views.

Bleaberry Fell Summit (c) John Bainbridge 2015

Bleaberry Fell Summit (c) John Bainbridge 2015

We descended by the steep and rocky path down the tumbling and mostly hidden waters of Cat Gill. A very dramatic series of water falls, which I suspect isn’t visited by the vast majority of fellwalkers.

It’s certainly worth a look, though the path is not exactly easy going.

A good day with no rain for once.

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2 thoughts on “Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell

  1. Was it all paddling up to Bleaberry as usual? I haven’t visited Cat Gill – in my early Wainwrighting days, it always looked fierce so I left well alone. I suppose I ought to go and have a look now I’m a bit braver (in the Lakes),
    Carol.

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