30th October 2010

Barrow and Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Time 10.00 to 12.40
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 6 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - Barrow - Barrow Door - Stonycroft Gill - Stair - Newlands Beck - Uzzicar Farm - Newlands road - 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

Although it was lovely and sunny when I set out this morning I wasn't going to be fooled into thinking I was in for a full day of blue sky. I've spent enough time in the outdoors to be able to at least read the obvious signs, and I could tell from the start that this wasn't going to last. It didn't take long to cloud over but thankfully the rain didn't turn up until after I got back to the car.

The Skiddaw fells seen here from the back of Braithwaite Lodge.

Looking over the top of a very autumnal Braithwaite to Barf (left), Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsey (right).

It must be the angle I took this picture from, but Grisedale Pike is certainly a lot higher and steeper than it looks in this photo.

Rather less than half way up the fell you have a dip in the path. And while a little bit of down is always welcome when your heading up hill, this is so brief it has no noticeable benefit.


A view back down the north ridge on Barrow.

Standing on Barrow summit and looking down to Derwent Water and Keswick.

Sunshine on Outerside as I leave Barrow.

Almost down to the Stonycroft Gill path where it's a simple case of turning left and walking all the way down to Newlands Valley.

Looking back up Stonycroft Gill.


I think the autumn colours are just about at their best now, it's just a pity I didn't get a bit more sunshine to show it all off.

Heading down to the tiny hamlet of Stair.

What do you mean he must be as daft as he looks after all. I can assure you there was definitely a fence between me and the Bull.

It was nice and quiet in Stair today. Come to think of it, it's always nice and quiet here.

Cat Bells, seen from the path next to Newlands Beck.
I hadn't really intended to walk along this path, but I thought I'd just have a quick look to see if it had been reopened after last years floods had washed part of the path away. Brilliant I thought; the sign has gone so the path must be open again.

, , , , and this is where my hopes fell apart. If only someone had put a sign up saying you couldn't actually follow the path all the way to Little Braithwaite I'd have taken a longer route back to the car.

Looking back along the enforced de-tour,

and ahead to Uzzicar Farm.

The sign at the end of the lonning behind me calls this Uzzicar Farm yet this one is calling it Farm Uzzicar. Perhaps the slate shop had ran out of square pieces so they had to switch the name around to make it fit.

Here comes the rain.

For a mere £15 the bike could be yours, , , but where are you supposed to leave the money?

David Hall -
Lake District Walks