4th August 2010

An evening walk through Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Time 18.10 to 19.40
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 4 mile
Ascent 300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Gutherscale - below Cat Bells - Yewthwaite Gill - Little Town - Chapel Bridge - Rigg Beck - Stair - Skelgill - Gutherscale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Gutherscale (below Cat Bells)

A convenient car park for an ascent of Cat Bells, and access into both Newlands Valley and Borrowdale, but be warned, if you try to park here in the middle of the day it's doubtful that you'll get a space.

On a positive note, parking is free.


Route Map

We only had a short walk out this evening and seen as though we just fancied doing something lower level anyway, we headed for Newlands Valley which offers lots of options for routes. Besides that, this is my favourite valley and I'm always keen to walk through here.

Looking back along the short section of road running between Gutherscale and Skelgill.
The fells in the background are Skiddaw Little Man, Lonscale Fell, Latrigg and Blencathra.

It didn't last long, but the sunshine was still very nice while it lasted.

A close up of Cat bells summit and a few late walkers heading back down the fell.

The build up of cloud was creating some wide shafts of light, all of which were moving surprisingly quickly across the side of the fells. Needless to say it must have been very windy up there in the skies.
This one is seen as it began it's journey across the Birk Rigg end of Ard Crags.

Not long after taking the previous picture the same shaft of light had found its way to High Snab Bank.
To confuse things, the farm on the left is Low High Snab and the one on the right is High Snab. Of course these shouldn't be mixed up with another farm in the valley called Low Snab. Strangely though, Low Snab isn't actually near High Snab Back, it's at the bottom of Scope End.

Yewthwaite Gill, widened and deepened somewhat since the floods last November.

A view down Newlands Valley towards the Skiddaw fells.

Walking around to Little Town.


The rooftops of Little Town.

Taking time to admire the view.

A view across to Cat Bells and Little Town.

Love it or hate it, this is a picture of a picture of the new house being built next to Rigg Beck. You could argue that it just isn't in keeping with traditional building styles for this area, but given its similarity to something the Vikings might have built, perhaps it is traditional after all; only going a bit further back in time than you'd expect.
Judging by the picture and the positioning of those 'panoramic windows', it looks like they intend to cut down all the trees which are currently in front of the house. Perhaps someone can think of a reason why the trees can't be cut down and slap a preservation order on them. Nesting site for rare birds, environmentally sensitive area or why not just point out that the new owner should have noticed the trees before they started to build a house here.
, , , , , it could have been worse I suppose.

Turning off the main road now and heading down to the little hamlet of Stair.


Looking back down the Skelgill road towards Barrow.
Time to quicken the pace I think. It was here that we felt the first spots of rain and it bucketed down on the drive home.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks