27th November 2009

Barrow and Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Time 09.45 to 13.00
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 8.9 mile
Ascent 1520 ft
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - Barrow - Barrow Door - Stonycroft Gill - Stonycroft - Stair - Skelgill - Swinside - Ullock - Portinscale - A66 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

There was a grey, damp and somewhat windy start to today's walk. When I say damp, I actually mean emptying down, but it didn't last, and luckily for me, I even managed to find some sunshine once I headed back down from Barrow summit.

My main reason for walking here was to see just how much damage had been caused by last weeks floods. And although the waters had more or less drained away, the debris it left behind was everywhere to see. Two bridges had been washed away which meant taking alternative routes; all in all it was terrible to see, particularly as Newlands is my favourite of all the Lake District valleys.

Braithwaite village.

Looking back to Braithwaite from the track to Braithwaite Lodge.

With a little height gained, the view opened up to show Keswick, Portinscale and part of Derwent Water.
The area of water in the middle of the picture is where part of Newlands Beck has ended up taking a different course as a result of the floods. The bridge at Little Braithwaite has gone altogether, but one of the workmen was telling me their priority was to get the beck flowing in the correct direction again.

The view ahead to Barrow summit.

Barrow summit; bucketing down and blowing a gale, but still great to be here.

Time to head back down to the valley now, via the track next to Stoneycroft Gill.

The northern fells seen beyond Newlands Valley.

Sunshine, , , I must be dreaming.


Barrow, Stair and the road up to Skelgill.

Rowning End, Causey Pike, Stile End and Barrow.

The lovely quiet little hamlet of Swinside.

A close up of sunshine on the fields below Stoneycroft.

And not so close up.

What a mess! I was going to walk across to the where the bridge was washed away, but thought it best not to get in the way of the workmen.

This is the route I would have taken back into Portinscale, but a sign on the gate said that the little bridge had been washed away. Once I'd noticed the tractor spreading slurry, I thought it would be a good idea to take a different route anyway. I can cope with the smell, but if it got too close and a gust of wind came, , , I don't know what would be worse, driving home with no cloths on to keep the car clean, or the look on Jennifer's face when she saw what I'd put in the washing basket.

A deserted Portinscale.

More flood damage, this time in the field next to the A66.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks