23rd September 2007

Newlands Valley and a section of Derwent Water shoreline


Walk Overview
Time 12.50 to 15.50
Duration 3 hr
Distance 8.2 mile
Ascent 1250 ft
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Ullock Farm - Stair - Skelgill - Brandelhow Bay - Hawes End Outdoor Centre - Portinscale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking near Portinscale suspension bridge

This is somewhere I tend to start walking from qutie a lot. It's nice and handy for Keswick, Borrowdale, Newlands Valley, Skiddaw, Latrigg and even the Castlerigg Stone Circle area.

The parking is free and no matter at what time of year or time of day I've always managed to get a space here.

From here you're only about 10 minutes walk from Keswick with everything the town has to offer, and in the opposite direction you're less than 5 minutes walk from Portinscale.


Route Map

The suspension bridge over the River Derwent at Portinscale.
Anyone who has walked over this bridge will know that it does actually bounce up & down and also makes a loud clanking noise as you cross it. So, after a quick check behind to confirm that I was alone, I suddenly slipped back into childhood and started to take exaggerated steps just to see how much I could make the bridge move. Some people that know me may argue that I wouldn't have had to slip back very far.

With an uncertain forecast, uncertain, but with the possibility of heavy rain all day, the only plan I had was to open the curtains when I got up and then decide where to go. The first opening of the curtains it was like looking out onto a monsoon, so it was straight back to sleep for a while. When the rain did eventually stop, I headed out and settled on a walk through my favourite valley - Newlands.

Portinscale village.


Cattle near Ullock Farm.

Looking across the fields to the Skiddaw Fells.

The path beside Newlands Beck seems to be getting a bit overgrown, but it's still an enjoyable stretch of riverbank, particularly today when the water level was a little higher than normal.

The bridge over Newlands Beck; leading to Uzzicar Farm.

And another bridge over the beck at Stair.

Skelgill farm.

The view across to Rowling End, Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow, taken from the path between Skelgill and Gutherscale.

Standing near Gutherscale and looking across to Swinside and the Skiddaw fells.

From Gutherscale I rounded the north end of the Cat Bells ridge to walk above Derwent Water for a little while. Along this short section of path you get some great views into Borrowdale and across to Bleaberry Fell / Ashness.

Down at the shoreline at Brandelhow Bay, Derwent Water.

Keswick Launch heading over to the landing stage at Brandelhow.

And now for a nice lakeshore walk around to the Hawes End Outdoor Centre.

As you walk along the path in Brandelhow Park you pass this incredible sculpture.



Back in Portinscale now and just in time. It rained almost all the way home.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks