15th June 2014

Barrow and Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Time 10am to 1:15pm
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 5.7 mile
Ascent 1300 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - Barrow - Barrow Door - Stonycroft Gill - 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.


Route Map


We returned from holiday yesterday evening and while we weren't exactly falling apart with tiredness, the prospect of having a long walk today did not appeal. However, it was very rewarding to get out for a short easy walk to reacquaint myself with Lakeland again. The most notable thing for us today was the breeze, which, although far from being cold was still nice and cooling. This was something we hadn't experienced over the last few weeks when the clouds failed to appear, the sun shone everyday and the temperature soared to 91deg F on the day we were in Florence. Fantastic !!
When we're away I'd generally be somewhat anxious about the weather back home. After all, I'd be disappointed if I were away during the only two decent Lake District weeks of the whole summer. This year I never gave it a second thought, I just wanted to get away from every aspect of normality. No work, no walking, no laptop, no TV, no emails, no internet and no mobile phone,
"but you don't have a mobile phone"
"okay, if I did have one I wouldn't have taken it"
Having said that, Jennifer did have hers, although she had no reason to use it for the duration.

So, after two weeks visiting far away places with strange sounding names we're back home. Most of the unpacking still needed done but, given that we own more clothes than we had locked in the cases we decided that was a job for another day.

When we set off all the higher fells were topped with cloud, this included Grisedale Pike, up there above the trees.

Braithwaite and the northern fells seen from the track to Braithwaite Lodge.

Ahead of us is Braithwaite Lodge and up on the right is Barrow. The summit can (not) be seen because of the second tree from the right.

We passed through the farmyard without seeing either man nor beast. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever seen anyone here. It stands to reason that someone must live here and stuff must get done so I can only assume they're nocturnal or just very shy.

To say the least, the sky made everything look unsettled today. From the black clouds which made it look like it was going to pour down, to gray, to white, and occasionally a bit of blue would pass over head.

Looking up the ridge to Barrow summit.

On our left hand side we could look down to Newlands Valley, Cat Bells and part of Derwent Water

Approaching the summit, , , ,

, , , , and leaving the summit. In front of us are Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Sail and Outerside. Crag Hill is there as well, but you can't see ti because of the cloud.

Today we opted to walk down the Stonycroft Gill route and into Newlands Valley instead of taking the shorter path straight back to Braithwaite. It added a couple of easy miles onto the walk.

Outerside seen from the path above Stonycroft Gill.

A little bit further down the path and the view now shows Cause Pike.

A view over Newlands Valley to Skiddaw, Lonscale Fell, Blencathra and on the right is Clough Head. It's incredible how the bracken can take over the place in the space of two weeks.

Now it's time for something to eat and that patch of grass next to Stonycroft Gill looks like as good a place as any to rest for ten minutes or so.
As I balanced an egg mayonnaise sandwich on my knee I took this photo looking up Stonycroft Gill.

Haytime in Newlands Valley.


Little Braithwaite Bridge.

and here's a photo of Newlands Valley taken from the bridge.

Not far from Braithwaite we cross Coledale Beck.

It's nice to see all these sympathetically placed static caravans at Scotgate. For obvious reasons I've never stayed anywhere in the Lake District but if I were told to choose somewhere, I reckon this would be the place would get my vote. Most sites have accommodation crammed in with hardly enough room to squeeze a car between them. Here, you have a much nicer place to spend your holiday.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks