This was basically the circuit suggested by Wainwright on p5 of the Blaeberry Fell section of The Central Fells. I parked at the foot of Springs Road and followed the road then path that leads very delightfully, mostly through or alongside woods, to Rakefoot. I could have parked here and shortened the walk. Some people had. But it scarcely needed shortening. Soon after Rakefoot the crowds turn off for Walla Crag. I would come back that way. But now I took a left fork and stayed closer to Brockle Brook following it to the ruined shepherd’s hut where it turns. I turned with it and followed it up towards my fell. There is a path most of the way, albeit a rather faint one. It had been a hot dry summer. I suspect had it not been it would have been a bit boggy hereabout but as it was it was fine. Towards the top it got a bit steep and rough but I was soon on the summit admiring the views east to Helvellyn and south to the high fells around Great Gable.
My plan now, still following Wainwright was to head down the northwest ridge as far as the old sheepfold before swinging right to Walla Crag. I was pleased to find there was a proper, well constructed path on the ground now to help me do this so the descent was much more straightforward than the ascent. The top of Walla Crag is on the wrong side of a big fence but there are a couple of stiles to give access. It is a beautiful spot that deserves its popularity with a lovely view up Bassenthwaite Lake past Skiddaw. From here I was soon back at Rakefoot from where I retraced my steps.
With Tim and Jane. Coing back from Scotland after my mother's 90th birthday, I interrupted my journey south to catch up with old friends and we went for a stroll up here. It is only a stroll but, hey, it's a Marilyn. We parked by the cattle grid on the B6362, plodded up - 90m of ascent over about a kilometre - and plodded down again. After we got back to the road we wandered up to Burgess' Cairn on the other side and along Brown Rig for a bit.