24th March 2013

Portinscale to Newlands Church - and back


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 13.15
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 8.9 mile
Ascent Not much
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Ullock Farm - Newlands Beck - Stair - Little Town - Newlands Church - Little Town - Yewthwaite Gill - Skelgill - Stair - Newlands Beck - Ullock Farm - 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

Grisedale Pike seen from the roadside just I was about to set off.

If only it hadn't been quite so windy I'd have thoroughly enjoyed getting up onto the higher fells today. Because I can't run the risk of banging down my foot in an uncontrolled manner, common sense took priority over a few hours enjoyment and I stuck to valley level instead. Hopefully we'll get some less windy conditions before all the snow melts.


The northern fells seen from the roadside near Ullock Farm.

Don't be mislead by the bright conditions and the fact that it's the latter half of March, it was not warm at all today. A rare event indeed, but today I had a jacket and gloves on from start to finish.

Looking into Newlands Valley from the new (ish) path along side Newlands Beck.

and now looking back out of the valley.


Rowling End and Causey Pike.

Hindscarth and Robinson stand at the far end of the valley.

Looking back along the road between Stair and Little Town.

A Newlands Valley skyline showing Knott Rigg, Ard Crags, Sail, Scar Crags and Causey Pike.

Walking through Little Town which is slightly higher up from the valley floor. This was reflected by the amount of snow and ice on the road.

Just about at the church and over there are Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson.

Newlands church.


Heading back up towards Little Town.

A view of the distant Skiddaw fells, seen over Little Town.

and now without Little Town in view.

Looking across to Causey Pike and Scar Crags.

A broadside view of Cat Bells.

Now for the return journey.

Robinson, Knott Rigg, Ard Crags and Sail.

As I passed Skelgill Farm I was going to have chat to this snow lady, , , , then I realised she had no mouth. I was going to look about for some stones before realising that would just be sheer folly. I mean lets be honest, why would I want to spoil a good thing.

Sorry ladies, I was only joking.

I took this picture of Causey Pike, Outerside, Grisedale Pike and Barrow before I headed down hill from Skelgill to Stair.

There were surprisingly few people in Newlands Valley which I thought a bit odd considering the car park was more crowded than I can ever remember seeing it; both as I set off and again when I returned at the end of the walk. I guessed most people were probably heading into Borrowdale or just taking advantage of the free parking while they had a look in the shops in Keswick.

This is the bridge over Newlands Beck foudn near Uzzicar Farm.

Portinscale suspension bridge.

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