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" Walla Crag with Jenna"
Date & start time: Sunday 27th January 2013, 1.15 pm start.
Location of Start : Rakefoot Farm, Keswick, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 284 221 )
Places visited : Rakefoot, Walla Crag and back.
Walk details : 1.8 mls, 550 ft of ascent, 1 hour 5 mins.
Highest point : Walla Crag summit 1243 ft - 379 m.
Walked with : Jenna, Ann and the dogs, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Overcast, cold and very windy on the top.
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Sunday dawned cold, grey and very blustery, not the weather for a high fell walk.
We opted for a little retail therapy at a well known outdoor retail store in Keswick
but before that we took a stroll up onto a smaller, local crag which gave Jen a great view across the whole area.
Three cheers for the bridge as the Brockle Beck is fairly full today
with all the rain and melt water from the last few days.
The view back and across to Skiddaw.
Fresh erosion on the path due to the drainage channels being blocked.
It needs more repair than I can do with the heel of a boot or a few bits of strategically placed stone and turf.
It's a grey day . . . but there's still enough view to be worthwhile.
In the shelter of the walls and dips in the ground the snow is hanging on . . . but it is very damp and slushy.
The snow looks deep but enough people have used the gate to keep it free and available for use.
Same gate . . . different view.
The strong breeze makes it feel as cold as it looks across there to the Helvellyn Range.
From the open moorland grass we change to the terrain on the edge of the crags.
Look how the rain and melt has brought down quite a bit of brown muddy water into the lake.
We're into heather, beech and pine trees and slippery rock paths.
" First two to the top "
Ann catches a photo of me with a backdrop of the North Western Fells.
I return the compliment as Jen and Ann look out over the edge at Catbells and Maiden Moor.
Looking past the summit cairn, set back slightly from the edge, to some of the various Helvellyn Dodds.
The view from the edge.
Rather than walk straight back we took the path onward slightly to the gate in the wall at the Cat Gill end.
From here we got a grey-ish view of the head of the lake but not many of the high central fells.
Zooming in we saw a little more detail but it looks cold and damp up there !
The foreground fells are Kings How and Castle Crag . . . the more distant ones Ullscarf, Bessyboot and the Seatoller Fells.
Back along the outside of the wall, keeping clear of the snow and peaty path.
Finally we arrived back at the gate we used on the way out.
Down below us the winter storms of the last few years have caused many a tree to come to grief,
washed now by the busy Brockle Beck as it drains the melt water off Low Moss and the Bleaberry fells area.
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Time for a little retail therapy . . . it is Sunday and Fishers shuts at 4.30 this afternoon
so we better get a move on if we want a late lunch and browsing time !
Time for Jen to replace that old jacket . . .
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon Sureshot SX220, my Canon G10 or 1100D SLR digital cameras.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
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Previous walk - 26th January 2013 - Snockrigg & Warnscale Bottom
A previous time up here - 8th January 2010 Snowy Walla Crag for sunset
Next walk - 2nd February 2013 - The Loweswater Fells round