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About Walla Crag
Since I was in Keswick for a conference, and had a few hours to kill before going back to Manchester, I asked around for some great hiking spots. If you know anything about Keswick and The Lake District, you know that hiking is what the area is known for. So, there was no shortage of recommendations for awesome places to catch a good wind and a beautiful view of the area.
Normally, if I only have one shot to take a hike in a new place, I try for the most scenic route I can find. A buddy from Keswick recommended Walla Crag and I set off to find the mystical subject of his recommendation.
The thing is, if you’ve never been the to UK, directions for both driving and hiking are a bit different than in the US. Instead of well-marked trails and GPS waypoints, navigation is landmark-based (turn left at the old tree). In other words, I got a bit lost.
Luckily, those hiking in The Lake District happen to be some of the friendliest hikers I’ve met, and it wasn’t long ’til I met a fella who invited me to hike with him to Walla Crag— and boy was I glad I persisted.
The views from Walla Crag are spectacular. Rolling hills, mountains (including Scotland in the distance), water, animals, lowland and highland vegetation, edible berries, and wooded areas were all features of this mind-blowingly beautiful hike (or walk as they call it in England).
If you’re looking for one awesome hike in The Lake District, I highly recommend Walla Crag.
Tips for hiking Walla Crag
- This particular hike was a pretty steep climb at times, so remember that slow and steady wins the race.
- Grab a map from a local Inn and ditch attempts at using a classic GPS for anything more than keeping track of your trail.
- If hiking from Keswick to Walla Crag, there’s a boat that will take you back to Keswick. Check out the details here.
- A camera is highly recommended, as is a picnic lunch. It’s the perfect place.
- There are small shops and eateries along the way. Stop in and get a taste of local cuisine and culture.
- Familiarize yourself with some of the hiking related lingo in the UK:
- Crag – A steep or rugged cliff or rock face.
- Car park – Parking lot or garage.
- Fellside – Hillside or mountainside.
- Stile – a structure providing a passage over a fence.
- Boggy – Wet, muddy, marshy.
- Heather – A low-growing plant of northern areas that has small leaves and tiny white or purplish-pink flowers.
- Walk – Hike.
Have you hiked to Walla Crag? Tell me about it in the comments!