15th October 2014

A walk through Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Time 1:30 to 4:40pm
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 7.2 mile
Ascent 900 ft or there abouts
Walking with Jennifer
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - Newlands road - Stoneycroft - 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.


Route Map


This afternoons walk was a bit of a spur of the moment decision done mainly because it was dry and we were both available for a walk this afternoon.

Jennifer nips into the village shop to get me a sandwich for dinner. I'd just finished work and hadn't ate anything since breakfast. I guess she didn't want me to flake-out half way round the walk.
"Yeah, it's a Cumbrian thing. You know, pass out, collapse, fall in a heap, , , , , "

Braithwaite info centre. What it doesn't;t tell you is the high point on the left of the post is Skiddaw and on the right is Skiddaw Little Man.

A close up of Grisedale Pike.

A short walk from the village and we're above Braithwaite Lodge. You'd normally come this way to walk up Barrow but we're not heading up there today, we're just using this as a convenient route into Newlands Valley.


Cat Bells seen over Newlands Valley.


Looking over Newlands Valley (and Stair) to Swinside and the northern fells.

At Stair we were offered the luxury of choice and opted to continue along the road to Little Town instead of taking the shorter route back along the side of Newlands Beck.

Looking across the valley to Birkrigg, Ard Crags and Sail.

And now with Scar Crags and Causey Pike in view up on the right.

Looking back and we spot a small area of blue sky above Skiddaw and a little bit of sunshine on Skiddaw.

We arrive at the sleepy hamlet of Little Town where we'd turn left off the road to pick up the path across the bottom of Cat Bells.


A band of rain passes in front of Scar Crags and Causey Pike but thankfully it avoided us two..

Little Town rooftops with Causey Pike up on the left of the picture.

A long distance view through Newlands Valley.



The path along the side of Cat Bells leads to Skelgill where we'd drop back down to Stair.

A view of Rowling End, Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow.


Looking back along Newlands Beck towards Cat Bells and Maiden Moor.


Almost back at the car now and time to head home for tea, yes, and afternoon well spent.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks