Point to Point: Walla Crag Walk, Keswick

Point to Point - Walla Crag audio walk Experience Point to Point, the Walla Crag audio walk Beautiful Borrowdale and Derwentwater (photo by Dave Willis, Cumbria Tourism) Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

Point to Point is a new type of audio walk, created and devised by an innovative team of artists. It’s essentially a fresh approach to walking one of Alfred Wainwright’s classic walks on Walla Crag.

This is an audio soundscape walking guide which you listen to at a series of points along the route on headphones. As you will discover there are moments to lift the soul, direct the eye and create a new connection with this extraordinary setting. Views are repainted with audio, sparking new ways of experiencing this well-known landscape.

Point to Point is definitely a big breath of fresh air, part discovery of a landscape through the lens of others, part unarticulated stories of ourselves – all staged against the dramatic landscape of the Lake District.

Basically you download the sound file, strap on your walking boots and head off to the fells and embark on a walk of discovery. The whole experience takes 4 – 6 hours depending how energetic you feel. One thing’s for certain it gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy a long weekend break in the Lakes.

Book yourself into The Leathes Head, a luxury eleven bedroom Edwardian Country House Hotel, situated in the unspoilt Borrowdale Valley. Surrounded by stunning scenery, meandering rivers and some of the most spectacular fells in North West England this is the place to be!

With superb views across the valley and easy access to Keswick, this is the perfect place for a relaxing break and to enjoy walking Point to Point.

After walking Point to Point we recommend you indulge yourself and enjoy dinner at the hotel. Featuring local British Cuisine, the menu is brimming with fine dining options, some classics with a modern twist, all as full of imagination as they are of flavour. Head Chef Daniel Hopkins treats guests to a menu of locally grown and reared and foraged produce, including Herdwick Lamb from Yew Tree Farm in Rosthwaite.

Make a weekend of it and explore more after a hearty breakfast, head into Keswick to indulge in a bit of creative fun, check out the Cumberland Pencil Museum and their World War 2 Secret Pencil exhibition. Discover how a fascinating group of people came together through adversity to manufacture and design a secret gadget pencil to help RAF crew escape from POW camps, also check out the longest colouring pencil in the world and the museum’s involvement in Sightseers the cult movie by director Ben Wheatley.

Afterwards head to Bryson’s bakery the perfect spot for a tasty bite on the go, their coffee and sandwich bar serves up a delicious hot panini’s and one or two sweet treats…afterwards head back to Borrowdale and The Leathes Head. Have a bit of a rest and then head back into town for an early supper at Theatre by the Lake before checking out ‘Abigail’s Party’, a brand new production of the iconic play by award-winning director, playwright and film-maker Mike Leigh. This is a painfully funny dissection of 1970s social suburbia, peppered with leather sofas, Bacardi and Cokes, cheesy-pineapples and Demis Roussos.

Abigail's Party at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Abigail’s Party at Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

The thing about Theatre by the Lake is that there’s always something on, so no matter when you head to Keswick there’s always something to see, from dance to history, theatre to opera so check out the listings and get yourself along – we guarantee you will love it.

Leathes Head – CA12 5UY
The Cumberland Pencil Museum – CA12 5NG
Bryson’s Bakery – CA12 5JD
Theatre by the Lake – CA12 5DJ

Download the Point to Point audio walk, map + guidance here

Point to Point was part of Lakes Ignite 2015 – find out more here

To enjoy these Lakes cultural events and much more, book your break in the Lake District here