22nd April 2008

An evening walk through Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Time 17.00 to 19 20
Duration 2 he 20 min
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Ullock - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill - Nicol End - 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

Three Portinscale residents.

The River Derwent seen from Portinscale's suspension bridge.

A quiet evening in Portinscale.

This may be an odd way of looking at things, but it was such a nice evening we decided not to go up onto the fells. Instead, we had a walk through part of the lovely Newlands Valley; a delight at any time of year, but even more so during springtime. To reach the valley we left Portinscale (seen here looking back) and headed across the fields to Ullock.


Despite the breeze, I was down to a short sleeved shirt by the time we reached Ullock.

Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man and Lonscale Fell seen behind Ullock Farm.

Walking along the side of Newlands Beck. The fells behind are Cat Bells and Maiden Moor.


Looking back along the last (improved) section of path before we joined the road outside Stair.


A close up of Cat Bells.

And not so close up.



Nicol End Marina. The two dark fells are Clough Head and Great Dodd. The one on the right of the picture is Walla Crag.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks