Derwentwater via Walla Crag

  • Outstanding views of the lake
  • Walla Crag has a good summit area
  • Pleasant stroll along the shoreline

Let no one tell you the best walk from Keswick is up Skiddaw, it is not; the climb over Walla Crag, down to Ashness Bridge and back along the shores of Derwentwater has that distinction. Add in the extra 3/4 mile there and back to Surprise View and this becomes one of the best walks in the Lake District.

Walla Crag used to be a climbers paradise but is now just the retreat for day tripping fell walkers. The views from Ashness Bridge are the most photographed in the area – I took a shot but whatever you do it will look just like the other millions! Surprise View is no different. It is possible to avoid the main Keswick/Ambleside road by sticking to the shoreline all the way to Keswick (partly pathed, partly just on shingle) offering a good perspective across the lake. All in all anyone taking this walk will leave you with a much better understanding of this grand old lake.

Recommend: A deviation of an hour takes you up to Bleaberry Fell which runs along the spine of the ridge between Derwentwater and Thirlmere and offers some good views.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West Buy Map
Start Point: NY 266235. The streets to south east of Keswick are closest to the start and then aim for St Johns Street and Springs Road in to the the clearly marked track through Springs Wood
Height to Climb: 340 ms (1,115 feet)
Terrain: A large bridleway is followed over the fells and then stick to the shoreline by the lake.
Eating & Drinking: There is a massive choice of places in Keswick, everyone will have their own favourites.
Similar Walks Nearby: Keswick, Latrigg & the Old Railway
Barrow from Braithwaite
The Shores under Catbells
Places to Stay:


Hedgehog Hill, KeswickThe Grange B & B, Keswick


Mary Mount, DerwentwaterCroft House Cottages, nr Keswick