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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.


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The number of walks to choose from is 85

1st April 2017
  Sunshine and showers on Walla Crag 8.3 mile about 1200 ft
Stormwater Bridge - Keswick - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Ashness Bridge - Derwent Water - Keswick - Stormwater Bridge
 

18th March 2017
  A very wet walk around Derwent Water 9.8 mile Hardly any ascent
Stormwater Bridge - Keswick - Derwent Water Landing Stages - Stable hills - Borrowdale road - Fits Turnhole - Chinese Bridge - Great Bay - Derwent Water shore path - Hawes End Outdoor Centre - Nichol End - Portinscale - Stormwater Bridge
 

14th January 2017
  Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and Newlands Valley from Portinscale 9.8 mile about 2200 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Allerdae Ramble - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - Hause Gate - Maiden Moor - Hause Gate - Skelgill - Stair - Newlands Beck - Ullock - Portinscale
 

18th December 2016
  Latrigg and Christmas shopping in Keswick 7.5 mile about 1100 ft
Stormwater Bridge Bridge - Great Crosthwaite - Spooney Green Lane - Latrigg - Brundholme Wood - Windebrowe - Keswick - Storm Water Bridge
 

25th November 2016
  Derwent Water and Walla Crag 10.8 mile about 1400 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Bottom of Cat Bells - path along the side of Cat Bells - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Rakefoot Farm - Springs Wood - Keswick - Portinscale
 

18th September 2016
  Derwent Water and Walla Crag 8.3 mile about 1100 ft
Keswick - Derwent Water - The Ings - Calfclose Bay - Ashness Bridge - top of Cat Gill - Walla Crag - Rakefoot Farm - Springs Wood - Keswick
 

21st August 2016
  Around Derwent Water 9.4 mile Not much ascent
Portinscale - Nichol End - path along side of Cat Bells - Brandelhow Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Great Wood - Keswick - Portinscale
 

16th July 2016
  Around Derwent Water and up Walla Crag 11 mile about 1600 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - path along side of Cat Bells - Brandelhow Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Barrow Bay - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Castlerigg - Manor Brow - Keswick - Portinscale
 

11th June 2016
  Very humid on Walla Crag 6.9 mile About 1100 ft
Keswick - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Derwent Water - Keswick
 

2nd May 2016
  A circuit of Derwent Water 9.2 mile hardly any ascent
Portinscale - Nichol End - path along side of Cat Bells - Brandelhow Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Friar's Crag - Keswick - Portinscale
 

24th April 2016
  A afternoon walk through Newlands Valley 5.6 mile Not much ascent
Portinscale - Nichol End - Gutherscale - Skelgill - Stair - Newlands Beck - Ullock - Portinscale
 

15th March 2016
  Cat Bells from Portinscale 7 mile about 1500 ft
Portinscale suspension bridge - Portinscale - Nichol End - woodland path to the bottom of Cat Bells - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - path above Newlands Valley - Skelgill - Gutherscale - and back to Portinscale
 

28th February 2016
  Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell 10.3 mile about 2100 ft ascent
Keswick - Springs Road - Springs Wood - Castlerigg - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Bleaberry Fell - Cat Gill - Ashness Bridge - Derwent Water - Keswick
 

9th January 2016
  Walla Crag and Borrowdale 15.3 mile about 2000 ft
Stormwater Bridge - Keswick - Springs Road - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Ashness Bridge - Surprise View - Watendlath - Puddingstone Bank - Rosthwaite - New Bridge - High Hows Wood - Low Hows Wood - Grange - Manesty - Derwent Water - Nichol End - Portinscale - Stormwater Bridge
 

18th October 2015
  Around Derwent Water 8.5 mile not much ascent
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Brandelhow Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Keswick - Portinscale
 

30th September 2015
  Newlands Valley and Derwent Water 7.7 mile Not much ascent
Portinscale - Ullock - Little Braithwaite - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill - Side of Cat Bells - Derwent Water - Nichol End - Portinscale
 

21st June 2015
  A circuit of Derwent Water 9.2 mile not much ascent
Portinscale - Nichol End - path along side of Cat Bells - Brandelhow Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Friar's Crag - Keswick - Portinscale
 

31st May 2015
  Newlands Valley after the rain stopped 5.5 mile not much ascent
Portinscale - Ullock - Little Braithwaite - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill - Nichol End - Portinscale
 

24th December 2014
  A Christmas Eve walk from Portinscale 6.9 mile 1000 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Bottom of Cat Bells - Cat Bells Terrace - Derwent Water - Brandelhow Park - Hawes End - Portinscale
 

30th November 2014
  Walla Crag 7.2 mile 1100 ft
Keswick - Derwent Water - Cat Gill - Walla Crag - Rakefoot - Castlerigg - Springs Wood - Keswick
 

26th September 2014
  A circuit of Derwent Water 8.9 mile Not much ascent
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Brandelhow - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Stable Hills - Borrowdale Road - Keswick - Portinscale
 

9th August 2014
  Derwent Water and Walla Crag 10.8 mile 1400 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Bottom of Cat Bells - path along the side of Cat Bells - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Rakefoot Farm - Springs Wood - Keswick - Portinscale
 

28th June 2014
  Portinscale to Grange, , , , and back 10.4 mile about 1000 ft ascent
Portinscale - Nichol End - Bottom of Cat Bells - path along the side of Cat Bells - Manesty - Grange - Borrowdale Road - Chinese Bridge - Great Bay - Footpaths to Hawes End Outdoor Centre - Fawe Park - Portinscale
 

25th June 2014
  Latrigg and Keswick railway path 7.6 mile 1200 ft
Briar Rigg - Mallen Dodd - Latrigg - Brundholme - Keswick Railway Path - Keswick - Briar Rigg
 

16th May 2014
  Newlands Valley and the side of Derwent Water 7.9 mile Not much ascent
Portinscale - Ullock - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill Farm - side of Cat Bells - Derwent Water - Hawes End Outdoor Centre - Nichol End - Portinscale
 

13th April 2014
  A circuit of Derwent Water 8.9 mile not much ascent
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Brandelhow - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Stable Hills - Borrowdale Road - Keswick - Portinscale
 

26th March 2014
  Cat Bells from Portinscale 7.7 mile 1500 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - Side of Cat Bells - Skelgill Farm - Stair - Newlands Beck - Ullock - Portinscale
 

28th February 2014
  Keswick, Walla Crag and almost Ashness Bridge 8 mile 1300 ft
Keswick - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - 'almost' Ashness Bridge - Derwent Water - Keswick
 

19th December 2013
  Floods around Derwent Water 9.2 mile Not much ascent
Keswick - Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End Outdoor Centre - Derwent Water shore path - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Keswick
 

8th December 2013
  A walk through Newlands Valley 6.1 mile not much ascent
Portinscale - Ullock - Little Braithwaite Bridge - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill - Nichol End - Portinscale
 

6th October 2013
  A wet day around Derwent Water 9 mile Not much ascent
Portinscale - Keswick - Landing Stages - Stable Hills - Barrow Bay - Great Bay - Derwent Water shore path - Nichol End - Portinscale
 

8th September 2013
  Cat Bells from Portinscale 7.7 mile 1500 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - Side of Cat Bells - Skelgill Farm - Stair - Newlands Beck - Ullock - Portinscale
 

19th July 2013
  A hot summer's day in Newlands Valley 6.1 mile not much ascent
Portinscale - Ullock - Little Braithwaite Bridge - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill - Nichol End - Portinscale
 

12th July 2013
  Very hot on Latrigg 5.6 mile 1000 ft
Stormwater Bridge - Briar Rigg - Malled Dodd - Latrigg - woodland paths down to Windebrowe - Keswick - Stormwater Bridge
 

21st June 2013
  A circuit of Derwent Water 8.5 mile Not much
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - footpath along lakeside - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Keswick
 

9th June 2013
  Walla Crag and Keswick 6.7 mile 1100 ft
Keswick - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Derwent Water - Keswick
 

7th May 2013
  A walk through Newlands Valley and round to Derwent Water 7.8 mile not very much
Portinscale - Ullock - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill - path around the side of Cat Bells - Derwent Water - Brandelhow Park - Hawes End - Nichol End - Portinscale
 

24th March 2013
  Portinscale to Newlands Church - and back 8.9 mile Not much
Portinscale - Ullock Farm - Newlands Beck - Stair - Little Town - Newlands Church - Little Town - Yewthwaite Gill - Skelgill - Stair - Newlands Beck - Ullock Farm - Portinscale
 

23rd March 2013
  A wintry walk on Walla Crag 7.9 mile 1200 ft
Portinscale - Keswick - Borrowdale Road - Ashness Bridge - Cat Gill - Walla Crag - Rakefoot Farm - Castlerigg - Springs Wood - Keswick - Portinscale
 

9th February 2013
  A damp day at Derwent Water 8.9 mile Not much
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Brandelhow Woods - Great Bay - Chinese Bridge
 

27th January 2013
  Blowing a gale in Newlands Valley 6.1 mile N/A ft
Portinscale - Ullock - Little Braithwaite Bridge - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill - Nichol End - Portinscale
 

10th October 2012
  The sunshine didn't last long on a walk around Derwent Water 9 mile N/A
Portinscale - Keswick - Landing Stages - Stable Hills - Barrow Bay - Great Bay - Derwent Water shore path - Nichol End - Portinscale
 

29th August 2012
  Walla Crag in the sunshine 8.2 mile 1300 ft
Stormwater Bridge - Keswick - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Ashness Bridge - Dwewent Water - Keswick - Stormwater Bridge
 

6th July 2012
  Back from holidays for a wet walk around Derwent Water 9.1 mile 700 ft
Keswick - Portinscale - Nichol End - path along side of Cat Bells - Brandelhow Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Friar's Crag - Keswick
 

18th April 2012
  A circuit of Bassenthwaite Lake 16.3 mile 600 ft
Portinscale Suspension Bridge - over the B5289 - under the A66 - River Derwent footpath - High Stock Bridge - Dodd Wood - Mirehouse - St Bega Church - Bassenthwaite Lake - Scarness - Lakeside Wood - Cottage Wood - Ouse Bridge - Dubwath - footpath next to Bassenthwaite Lake - Thornthwaite - Braithwaite - Newlands Beck Bridge - A66 - Postinscale
 

8th April 2012
  A drizzly Easter Day around Derwent Water 8.8 mile Not much
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Brandelhow - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Stable Hills - Borrowdale Road - Keswick - Portinscale
 

10th February 2012
  A circuit of Derwent Water 8.8 mile N/A ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Hawes End - Brandelhow - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Lakeside path to Keswick - Portinscale
 

27th November 2011
  You never know who you're going to see when you're out - Keswick to Threlkeld 9.4 mile 700 ft
Keswick - Keswick railway path - A66 - almost to Threlkeld - The Riddings - Wesco - Brundholme - Brundholme Wood - Keswick
 

11th November 2011
  A grey afternoon on Walla Crag 8 mile 1200 ft
Keswick - Springs Road - Springs Wood - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Ashness Bridge - Derwent Water - Stable Hills - Borrowdale Road - Keswick
 

16th October 2011
  We found the sunshine in Newlands Valley 7.4 mile 700 ft
Portinscale - Ullock - Swinside - Stair - Little Town - Skelgill - Nichol End - Portinscale
 

4th August 2011
  An evening on Walla Crag 6.8 mile 1100 ft
Portinscale suspension bridge - Keswick - Springs Wood - Castlerigg - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Cat Gill - Derwent Water - Keswick - Portinscale suspension briddge
 

22nd July 2011
  A circuit of Derwent Water 9.5 mile 600 ft
Keswick - Portinscale - Nichol End - path along side of Cat Bells - Manesty - Great Bay - Borrowdale road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Keswick
 

25th April 2011
  Springtime in Newlands Valley 8.6 mile 700 ft
Portinscale - Nicol End - Gutherscale - Skelgill - Little Town - Newlands Church - Rigg Beck - Newlands road - Stair - Swinside - Little Braithwaite Bridge - Ullock - Portinscale
 

2nd March 2011
  Derwent Water and Walla Crag 10.7 mile 1500 ft
Portinscale - Nicol End - Bottom of Cat Bells - Derwent Water - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Rake Foot - Castlerigg - Keswick
 

18th December 2010
  Snowy Cat Bells 9.7 mile 2000 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Overside Wood - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - Hause Gate - Manesty - Great Bay - Borrowsale Road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - The Ings - Keswick - Stormwater Bridge
 

24th November 2010
  Grange Fell and Walla Crag from Portinscale 18.6 mile 2900 ft
near Portinscale - Keswick - Friar's Crag - Calfclose Bay - Barrow Bay - High Lodore - Grange - River Derwent - Rosthwaite - Puddingstone Bank - Grange Fell - Black Waugh - Watendlath - Ashness Wood - Ashness Bridge - top of Cat Gill - Walla Crag - Rakefoot - Castle Lane - Castlerigg Stone Circle - Keswick - near Portinscale
 

10th November 2010
  Grabbing a short sunny walk - Newlands Valley 5.4 mile 400 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Gutherscale - Skelgill - Stair - Swinside - Ullock - Portinscale
 

31st October 2010
  A grey walk on Walla Crag 8.1 mile 1300 ft
Stormwater Bridge - Keswick - Derwent Water - Stable Hills - Calfclose Bay - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Rakefoot - Castlerigg - Springs Wood - Keswick - Stormwater Bridge
 

3rd September 2010
  A circuit of Derwent Water 9.5 mile 500 ft
Portinscale - Nicol End - Fawe Park - path below Cat Bells - Brackenburn - Manesty - Lodore - Barrow Bay - Shoreline path to Keswick - Portinscale
 

16th October 2009
  It was so nice, I came back and did a full circuit of Derwent Water 9 mile 1000 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Cat Bells Path - Brandelhow Bay - Myrtle Bay - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Stable Hills - Landing Stages - Keswick - Portinscale
 

21st August 2009
  A walk through Newlands Valley because it wasn't raining 5.4 mile 500 ft
Portinscale - Nicol End - road at bottom of Cat Bells - Skelgill - Stair - Newlands Beck - Ullock - Portinscale
 

3rd April 2009
  Springtime around Derwent Water 9.7 mile 1100 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Bottom of Cat Bells - path below Cat Bells - Manesty - Great Bay - Borrowdale Road - Barrow Bay - Calfclose Bay - Stable Hills - Keswick - Portinscale
 

10th December 2008
  If you change your plan, you never know what you'll include in a walk - Cat Bells and Walla Crag 13.7 mile 2900 ft
Portinscale - Ullock - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill - Cat Bells - Borrowdale - Grange - High Lodore - Watendlath Beck - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Springs wood - Keswick - Portinscale
 

17th September 2008
  Half a sunny afternoon around Derwent Water 9 mile 300 ft
Portinscale - Keswick - Strandshag Bay - Calfclose Bay - Lodore Hotel - Great Bay - Abbot's Bay - Victoria Bay - Hawes End Outdoor Centre - Nicol End Marina - Portinscale
 

20th August 2008
  Newlands Valley in the sunshine 7.5 mile 500 ft
Portinscale - Ullock - Newlands Beck - Stair - Little Town - Skelgill - Woodland path to Nichol End - Portinscale
 

22nd April 2008
  An evening walk through Newlands Valley 5.5 mile 700 ft
Portinscale - Ullock - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill - Nicol End - Portinscale
 

8th March 2008
  Raining cats and dogs around Derwent Water 9.8 mile 1413 ft
Portinscale - Nicol End - Below Cat Bells - Manesty - Grange - Lodore - Barrow Bay - Borrowdale Road - Keswick - Portinscale
 

13th January 2008
  Wet and windy on Latrigg 7.9 mile 1310 ft
Portinscale Suspension Bridge - Keswick - Briar Rigg - Gale Road Car Park - Latrigg - Brundholm - Keswick Railway Path - Keswick - Portinscale Suspension Bridge
 

23rd September 2007
  Newlands Valley and a section of Derwent Water shoreline 8.2 mile 1250 ft
Portinscale - Ullock Farm - Stair - Skelgill - Brandelhow Bay - Hawes End Outdoor Centre - Portinscale
 

14th July 2007
  It wasn't too wet after all - Latrigg and Castlerigg Stone Circle 8.3 mile 1411 ft
Stormwater Bridge - Briar Rigg - Latrigg - Brundholme - Keswick Railway Path - (under) A66 - Goosewell Farm - Castlerigg Stone Circle - Keswick - Stormwater Bridge
 

16th April 2007
  An evening walk through Newlands Valley 7.5 mile 980 ft
Portinscale - Nicol End - Gutherscale - Little Town - Stair - Ullock - Portinscale
 

9th April 2007
  Castlerigg Stone Circle and Walla Crag from Keswick 9.9 mile 1381 ft
Keswick - Castlerigg Stone Circle - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Ashness Bridge - Derwent Water - Keswick
 

11th February 2007
  Cat Bells and Derwent Water 9.8 mile 2100 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Cat Bells - Manesty - Derwent Water - Great Bay - Borrowdale - Friar's Crag - Keswick - Portinscale
 

26th December 2006
  Boxing Day on Latrigg 7.6 mile 1263 ft
Keswick - Brigham - Keswick Railway Path - Brundholme - Latrigg - Briar Rigg - Keswick
 

2nd December 2006
  Latrigg and Castlerigg Stone Circle from Keswick 8.2 mile 1418 ft
Keswick - Briar Rigg - Latrigg - Brundholme - A66 - Castlerigg Stone Circle - Keswick
 

29th May 2006
  A circuit of Derwent Water 9.6 mile 1617 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Fawe Park - Derwent Bay - Level (dis) - Allerdale Ramble - Ellers Beck - Great Bay - Derwent Water - River Derwent - Canon Dub - B5289 - Cat Gill - Low Crag Wood - Barrow Bay - Landing Stages - Calf Close Bay - Stable Hills - The Ings - Strandshag Bay - Friar's Crag - Boat Houses - Landing Stages - Boat House - Theatre - Keswick
 

12th March 2006
  Not everyone’s idea of fun – out in the snow on Walla Crag. 8.1 mile 1306 ft
Keswick - Derwent Water - Ashness Bridge - Walla Crag - Rakefoot - Keswick
 

11th March 2006
  Latrigg, the Keswick railway path and the site of a bobbin mill. 7.7 mile 1375 ft
Portinscale Suspension Bridge - Latrigg - Brundholme - Keswick Railway Path - Keswick - Portinscale Suspension Bridge
 

6th October 2005
  Up in the cloud on Bleaberry Fell. 10.2 mile 2139 ft
Keswick - Castlerigg - Walla Crag - Bleaberry Fell - Ashness Bridge - Derwent Water - Keswick
 

4th September 2005
  A walk through Newlands Valley. 7.6 mile 1010 ft
Portinscale - Ullock - Stair - Little Town - Skelgill - Nicol End - Portinscale
 

13th February 2005
  A wintry walk up Latrigg. 7.2 mile 1309 ft
Portinscale Suspension Bridge - Great Crosthwaite - Latrigg - Brundholme - Keswick Railway Path - Keswick - Portinscale Suspension Bridge
 

11th July 2004
  A walk around Derwent Water. 8.9 mile 1244 ft
Portinscale - Nichol End - Side of Cat Bells - Manesty - Derwent Water - Mary Mount Hotel - Barrow Bay - Calf Close Bay - Borrowdale Road - Keswick - Portinscale
 

20th March 2004
  Latrigg, Brundholm and the old Keswick railway path. 7.4 mile 1319 ft
Keswick - Briar Rigg - over the A66 - Latrigg - Brundholm - Old Keswick Railway - River Greta - Briery - Keswick
 

29th December 2003
  A frosty day in Newlands Valley and Borrowdale. 10.5 mile 1332 ft
Portinscale - Ullock - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill Farm - Side of Cat Bells - Grange - Derwent Water - Keswick - Portinscale
 

12th October 2003
  A circuit of Derwent Water 8.9 mile 600 ft
 
 

16th April 2003
  Newlands valley and Derwent Water 10.3 mile 1670 ft
 
 

 



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