21st August 2009

A walk through Newlands Valley because it wasn't raining


Walk Overview
Time 13.55 to 15.45
Duration 1 hr 50 min
Distance 5.4 mile
Ascent 500 ft
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nicol End - road at bottom of Cat Bells - Skelgill - Stair - Newlands Beck - Ullock - 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

After a notable absence, it was nice to see that big bright thing up in the sky again today. Sadly for us, while most of the country was enjoying a mini heat wave, we were suffering torrential rain just about every day for the last two weeks. Needless to say it was great to get out for a walk this afternoon. After only managing to get out once in almost two weeks I was starting to have withdrawal symptoms.

The northern fells seen across Derwent Water.

And in the other direction we have Great Dodd, Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and High Seat.

It might sound a little odd, but this is something I've always fancied trying.

I was surprised at just how few people there were about this afternoon. I thought everyone would have been taking advantage of finally getting a decent day; unless they'd all given up and gone home.


The view across to Swinside, taken from the road at the bottom of Cat Bells.

Barrow, seen on the opposite side of Newlands Valley.

Walking down the road from Skelgill to Stair.

Life in a hedgerow.






This bridge spans Newlands Beck near Uzzicar Farm.

Following the riverside path next to Newlands Beck.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks