Into the wild

Enjoy the final throes of summer with a breathtaking walk in the Lake Districts 

  • The walk starts in the National Trust car park in Great Wood. This can be reached from the B5289 Keswick to Borrowdale Road about 2km south of Keswick. After parking, locate the southern pedestrian exit. This path leads toward a bridge over Car Gill.
  • Go over the bridge and continue ahead. This path descends to reach Ashness Bridge. Enjoy the view, then go back on yourself to the wall and take the right-hand path.
  • This path leads uphill with a couple of short sections – you might need to use hands. Eventually the grade eases and ahead you will see the top of Walla Crag, located on the other side of the stone wall.
  • Continue along the path for a short way before crossing the wall into open country. The onward route continues north with the wall to your left on an easy-to-follow path.
  • The path reaches a lane at Rakefoot. Go down the lane for a short way and you will come to a half-hidden path on your left.
  • Follow the path down to the bridge over the beck and downhill towards Keswick.
  • At the first junction, turn left on to a path signed to “Great Wood”. Entering woodland, keep left to join a forest track.
  • This leads downhill under Walla Crag, continue and reach the Great Wood car park.