10th November 2010

Grabbing a short sunny walk - Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Grabbing a short sunny walk - Newlands Valley
Time 13.00 to 15.00
Duration 2 hr
Distance 5.4 mile
Ascent 400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Nichol End - Gutherscale - Skelgill - Stair - Swinside - 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

It would have been great to head up onto the high fells today. Conditions were perfect and we could have even made it into the snow, , , if only we'd had more time. What didn't appeal was having a rushed rushed walk up onto the fells this afternoon. So, as seen as though we both enjoy it here and Jennifer was after some new boots, we opted for this lower level walk.

The River Derwent, seen from the suspension bridge.

Left a bit, right a bit, right a bit more, up a touch and there it is, , , Skiddaw summit framed in the top section of the bridge support.

A very sunny, but very quiet day in Portinscale.

There are quite a few pictures of the Skiddaw fells today, this one was taken from the jetty at Nichol End.


Looking over the wall next to Skelgill.

On the other side of Skelgill now and looking across to Causey Pike, Outerside, Grisedale Pike and Barrow.

I did try to blend in with the hedgerow but I didn't quite manage it.

Cat Bells, taken from the road between Skelgill and Stair.

Walking on these Lakeland minor roads doesn't bother us at all, particularly in an area like this which we just adore. Having said that, we would have preferred to walk alongside Newlands Beck had the path not been washed away in the floods last year.



Almost back to Portinscale now and although it was still short of 3 o'clock the shadows were already lengthening, it was cooling down and the sunshine in the valleys was rapidly vanishing.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks