17th April 2009

An afternoon in Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Time 13.00 to 15.45
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 7.3 mile
Ascent 1060 ft
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - lower end of Newlands Pass - Rigg Beck - Newlands Church - above Little Town - Skelgill - Stair - Newlands Beck - Little Braithwaite - Braithwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Braithwaite Village

The best option are the half dozen or so spaces outside the school. Other than that, it's a case of finding a space in the centre of the village.


Route Map

Coledale Beck running through a nice and colourful Braithwaite.

Braithwaite and the Skiddaw fells behind.

Looking back through Braithwaite Lodge farmyard.

It wasn't half windy today, hence the lower level walk. I suppose I could have still managed to get onto some of the lower fells, but to be honest, I just fancied a 'nice' walk without the prospect of fighting against the wind.

A somewhat hazy view through Newlands Valley.


Cat Bells seen from the path just below Rigg Beck (the purple house which isn't there anymore)

The distinctively shaped Causey Pike, towering above what seem to be a quite few dead trees.

And a picture of Rawling end, taken from a little further down the road to Newlands church.

A host of golden daffodils in Newlands churchyard.


Warm sunshine and a nicely sheltered spot; as good a place as any for something to eat.

Little Town and Cat Bells.

There it is again, this time taken from the path above Little Town.

The view over Little Town through Newlands Valley and across to the Skiddaw Fells.


Well, the forecast for brightening conditions turned out to be right after all, although I did have my doubts when I first set out.

Blossom on the dyke between Skelgill and Stair.




I know I might moan a lot, but I can't believe what they've done to this path. As far as riverside walks go, this was my personal favourite and apart from the fact that it got a bit muddy after periods of rain, there wasn't anything wrong with the path the way it was. This looks so out of place and just doesn't blend in at all. I may be wrong, but I should imagine next time the valley floods most of it will get washed away. Needless to say this will just cause problems further down stream.

I did intend to take the riverside path back to Braithwaite, but the farmer in Little Braithwaite was loading sheep and he had the start of the path blocked off; never mind you get a longer distance view from the road anyway.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks