High Level circuit of Derwentwater visiting Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell, High Spy, High Tove, High Seat, maiden Moor & Cat Bells

Friday 27th April 2018

A friend at work had mentioned that his son had done this walk and it sounded great to me. I knew there were a couple of 'bail outs' if I needed them so I decided to give it a go. I got up early, drove to the lakes and I parked on the roadside just outside Portinscale and set off walking for Keswick. After buying a few treats from the delicatessen (cakes) I started this high level Derwent Water circuit. I went through Great Wood en-route to Walla Crag (It may have been quicker to go via Rakefoot - but it was a nice gentle start). After Walla Crag it was Bleaberry Fell, High Seat and High Tove before descending down to Watenlath. I enjoyed my lunch by the tarn watching a fishing masterclass - first cast and the chap caught a Pike !!

After lunch I continued my descent down Puddingstone Bank before reaching Rosthwaite. Then it was across the River Derwent before the next climb of the day onto the Derwent fells via Rigghead Quarries. High Spy, Maiden Moor & Cat Bells all followed before the end of this 9 hour day.

This was a very long (20miles) and hard (5000ft + of ascent) walk - but I have to say, one of my favourites that I have ever done - I returned home very tired but well satisfied.

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Distance: 20.1 miles
Duration: 9:00 hours
Ascent: 5180 ft
Difficulty: Extremely Tough
Accompanied By: On my Own
Weather: Dry with Sunny Intervals

3D outline of route