We arrived in Keswick a little before midday. As we had tickets for the theatre and had a table booked at Morrell’s restaurant for a pre-theatre meal and needed to check into our B and B before then, we decided to start our break with a modest walk up Walla Crag.
We set out from the car park by Derwent Water, cutting through town and then down Springs Road toward the woods and the path towards the fells.
Climbing up the fell, views of the surrounding countryside opened up.
Looking back towards Keswick with Skiddaw towering over the town
On reaching the summit there were great views over the lake towards Cat Bells and the mountains on the far side of Newlands Valley
The Summit of Bleaberry Fell, about a mile away, looked tempting
but time was limited so we made our way down towards the lake shore
descending via the very steep path down Cat Gill
Reaching the lake shore there were great views over to Cat Bells and down Borrowdale to the high fells
We followed the footpath along the lake back towards Keswick.
We cam across this sculpture on the lake shore in Calfclose bay. The Centenay Stone is a work by Peter Randall-Page, created from a large boulder of local Borrowdale volcanic rock which was split and carved by the artist to commemorate the National Trust’s centenary in 1995.