11th November 2006

Gale force winds and torrential rain in Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Time 10.20 to 13.25
Duration 3 hr 5 min
Distance 5.6 mile
Ascent 1512 ft
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - Barrow - Double Back - Newlands Valley Road - 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

Braithwaite and the Skiddaw Fells taken just below Braithwaite Lodge.

This view of Braithwaite has Bassenthwaite and Binsey in the background.

The view down into Newlands Valley.

And looking in the opposite direction towards Keswick and Blencathra. Rain was forecast today, but so far we'd managed to keep dry. This was small consolation however, because the wind was getting increasingly stronger; to the extent that it was almost impossible to stay on our feet. As we were reaching the summit we made the decision to turn back and loose height.

Relieved to be out of the worst of the wind and looking back up to the summit.

Once we reached the bottom of the path on Barrow we decided to extend the walk by continuing into Newlands Valley rather than returning straight to Braithwaite.

Looking through Newlands Valley. The rest of the walk consisted of blustery showers.

Stonycroft Gill.

The path next to Newlands Beck. The buildings on the right of the picture are Swinside.

The rain and hail was moving in quickly as we walked beside Newlands Beck. When the weather reached us I couldn't believe just how heavy it was. It only lasted about ten minutes, but it must have been the heaviest rain I've ever walked in.

Lots of Autumn colours in Braithwaite, but no sunshine to show them off.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks