Walla Crag-Catbells Loop

Set off from Portinscale and headed into Keswick. Rain was forecast and it was feeling really hot, even at 8.30 am. Followed the streets through to Springs Road and climbed the footpath up Walla Crag. Hazy with views across our blue remembered hills.

   

As you crest Walla Crag the view opens up across Derwentwater. We followed the path down to Ashness Bridge and picked up the road. From here we took the footpath for Watendlath and tracked the course of Watendlath Beck. It was really heating up and although it was overcast we were really feeling hot. 

  
After arriving at Watendlath we headed across to Rosthwaite, crossing the road and picking up the footpath that meets up with the River Derwent.

   

It was getting busier now and there were lots of people out enjoying themselves and the bonus of nice weather. We continued on and headed past the turn off for Grange towards Manesty. We then took a direct route up to Hause Gate and joined up with the Catbells path.

   
It was so busy on the summit, there must have about 20 people. We passed through quickly and met up with the footpath at the bottom that brings you out at Nichol End Marina and soon after, Portinscale.

My leg felt a lot better than it has done for a while, the route was 16.5 miles overall with around 1040 meters of ascent.

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