Ride no. 5 of the year was a little jaunt up Walla Crag before the rain returned to Keswick. I’ve been at work more than usual this week, so it has limited the riding and running out on the trails. I also have a lingering cold that makes going uphill feel a lot like hard work, so I’m taking it easy today, writing about yesterdays adventures.
The trail up Walla Crag was deserted and boggy. Mega boggy. I went up the ‘main’ track to the summit rather than the less-steep-but-more-grassy alternate route that riders often use, as this option is always a boggy gong-show in winter. The main track is a steep but short hike-a-bike that affords loverly views over Keswick, both Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite lakes, as well as Skiddaw and Blencathra mountains.
For those of you looking to ride somewhere ‘weatherproof’ in all this soggy weather – the descent of Walla is amazingly pretty dry. It must be all that rock… and the bulk of the descent gets a lot of wind from up the valley so dries out quick. The ascent is a boggy mess though – so wear your waterproof socks!