Walla Crag is a gem of a fell.
Regally positioned above Derwent Water, it rewards its conquerors with spectacular views. Although it is only 379m high, there is plenty of steepness to sate those with a penchant for the vertical. As a walk, it is a nice little test, but as a run, it is a challenge. Short enough to be attacked but long enough that the attack hurts.
It has quickly become the Fellpack mountain; the one we recommend to the Keswick first-timer, the family of four, or the runner looking for some altitude training. Therefore, it only felt right that we created the Walla Dash.
The rules are simple. Challengers begin in Fellpack, counted down by our staff and cheered on by customers. The route is the standard one. The racing line from Keswick. A photo with a Fellpack Loyalty card is taken when the summit is reached. Then it is a race back to Fellpack, stopping our timer on arrival.
The joy of the challenge is in its completion. Irrespective of the time, everyone who attempts it has given their all; whether they are a sub-35 minuter (the benchmark of excellence) or a couple with a one year old, eager to scale a local peak as fast as possible. The Walla Dash is for all and a lovely idiosyncratic way to the see the Lake District with a different mindset.
We look forward to cheering you home if you are brave enough. Check out our leaderboard to see the best Wall Dash times.
Fastest Man: Adam Maynard 32:36
Fastest Woman: Maria Bobadilla Floristan 49:06
Fastest family (inc. a child under 10): David, Rhi and Arthur Butterfield (age 1) 1:02:03