1st February 2014

Braithwaite to Little Town


Walk Overview
Time 9am to 12:05pm
Duration 3 hr 5 min
Distance 7.2 mile
Ascent 900 ft although it doesn't really feel like it
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - Newlands Valley road - Stair - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


I'll remember January as the poorest month for walking I've had for years (apart the months when I was away on holiday). Rubbish weather, working on the few decent days, and other commitments have all kept me from getting out. I told someone earlier this week that as long as the rain was on the good side of torrential, I'd be walking today. Strangely, I enjoyed the rainy sections of the walk just as much as the dry bits. I guess I was just happy to be out and about in the great outdoors again.

The Skiddaw fells seen behind Braithwaite.

Looking back down the track between Braithwaite and Braithwaite Lodge.

And a wider view, this time taken from the fellside at the bottom of Barrow.

After getting around the bottom of Barrow the view through Newlands opens up. Now I'm no longer sheltered from the wind. It was due to be 'blustery' today and I couldn't argue with that. One minute there was hardly a breeze at all and the next, I was getting blown sideways or on occasion being stopped dead in my tracks.

The previous picture looks into Newlands Valley whereas this one looks out of the valley towards Portinscale, Skiddaw Little Man, Lonscale Fell, Latrigg and the side of Blease Fell.

Right, so if it's a mile from here to Braithwaite, then I reckon it must be a mile from Braithwaite to here. I'm not sure if my calculations are correct, but I don't feel like I've walked a mile already.

A close up of Swinside with Clough Head in the distance. That strange brightness on the fields is caused by the sun; you remember that don't you, it's that big bright thing we often used to see in the sky.

Walking through Stair I notice those two houses on the right are for sale. If I'm not mistaken one of my Mothers aunties used to live in one of those. Perhaps if I mentioned this to the estate agents I'll get it at a reduced price, or better still, both for the price of one.

The sign is telling me I need to run over the bridge so I can only assume it must have been weakened in some way.


Little Town and Cat Bells.

Once I'd passed Little Town the rain stopped for a while but as I looked towards Hindscarth and Robinson I could see there was more on the way.

A view over Little Town and through Newlands Valley.

And now across to Causey Pike and Scar Crags.

Yes, the bridge really is like that. Even I'm not that bad at taking photos that look level.

Evidence of former mine workings.


Looking back along the track to see the side of Maiden Moor and Robinson. Hindscarth is also there but out of view behind Knot End and High Crags.

Over on the opposite side of the valley are Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Sail, Ard Crags and Knott Rigg.



Skelgill Farm.

Now it's snowing.

Flooded fields below Swinside.

From Stair I followed the Newlands Beck path to Little Braithwaite. As I walked along here I was accompanied by the sound of guns being fired, dogs barking, pheasants croaking as the took flight and huntsmen shouting at one another. Daft birds, if they kept quiet, they'd be much harder to spot.

Little Braithwaite Bridge.

Since I left Stair I'd been following Newlands Beck. Now that I'm nearly back in Braithwaite, the path turns off and for a short distance I walk alongside Coledale Beck.

I would have liked to get up onto the fells today but I didn't feel the need to head up high just to battle it out with the wind and rain. On a positive note, at least I've been out walking everyday so far this month.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks