16th April 2007

An evening walk through Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Time 15.40 to 19.00
Duration 3 hr 20 min
Distance 7.5 mile
Ascent 980 ft
Walking with Jamie Lockie
Portinscale - Nicol End - Gutherscale - Little Town - Stair - 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

Far too warm to be running around and jumping about, so I suppose the only thing to do is have a sleep until it cools down a little.

Longside Edge, Carl Side, Skiddaw and Skiddaw Little Man taken from the end of the jetty at Nicol End marina.

Travelling back home form a day across at Teesside and never one to miss an opportunity for a walk, I had a lower level walk through the lovely Newlands Valley.

Standing next to Gutherscale at the bottom of Cat Bells and looking across to Swinside.

And looking in almost the same direction from the track around the Newlands Valley side of Cat Bells, this time with the Skiddaw fells behind Swinside.

Yewthwaite Gill was no more than a trickle this evening; slowly working its way past the spoil heaps left over from a time when this valley was a thriving mining area.

Who says you need to get onto the fells themselves before you can get a good view?

Thankfully so, but Little Town doesn't quite live up to its rather ambitious name; Little Hamlet would be more appropriate I think.

And in the Hamlet itself.

As we were walking along the road between Little Town and Stair we spotted these four Magpies hanging on the barbed wire fence. And although it's been longer than I care to think about since I'd seen anything like this, I can still remember going to my grandparents as a child and seeing lines Crows and quite often Moles hanging on fences in this way. At the time we were told that the farmers did this to scare the other birds off. (not sure why they did it with the Moles as well though)

Perhaps a bit controversial these days with all the noise being made against hunting, but it's nice to see one of the old traditions still hanging on in there (no pun intended).

A close up of the upper section of Cat Bells.

"are you sure you dropped your numbers here"?
"of course I am, lets just hurry up and find them before Mam notices they're gone"

Cat Bells and Maiden Moor.

And again seen from further along the riverside path.

It was a lovely warm evening as we walked along the river bank; perfect to be out in the countryside and probably just as enjoyable than if we'd done a higher level walk up one of the fells.

Notice the debris in front of the wooden fence; left over from the floods a couple of months ago.

A nice evening light and ever growing shadows as we neared the end of the the riverside path.

A close up of Blease Fell and Latrigg seen here above Portinscale, which was looking just a little Autumnal.

Grape Hyacinths in one of the gardens at Portinscale.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks