24th April 2016

A afternoon walk through Newlands Valley

Time In the afternoon
Duration Didn't take any notice
Distance 5.6 mile
Ascent Not much ascent
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Nichol End - Gutherscale - Skelgill - Stair - Newlands Beck - Ullock - 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


After a wet morning in the house we headed out for a short and thankfully dry walk through Newlands Valley. I could complain that the sunshine we were promised didn't arrive but I won't do that because it was still nice to get out; sunshine or not.
I can't help but wonder why they (whoever 'they' are) still haven't removed the damaged bridge after over 4 months.

Standing next to the car I look across to Portinscale and the north western fells behind. Causey Pike and Grisedale Pike can both be easily seen from here.

Looking ahead to Cat Bells.

At the bottom of Cat Bells we decide which way to go next. Across the side of Cat Bells and down to Derwent Water or, as we did today, walk across to Skelgill and down to Newlands Valley.

Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow.

Bridge over Newlands Beck.


Cat Bells seen from the path next to Newlands Beck.

This is nice but if someone doesn't keep on top of cutting these back it'll be a painful walk along here.

Looking back through Newlands Valley from the bridge at Little Braithwaite.

Walking across the fields between Ullock and Portinscale with a view of the Skiddaw Fells.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks