16th October 2011

We found the sunshine in Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Time 13.15 to 16.15
Duration 3 hr
Distance 7.4 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Ullock - Swinside - Stair - Little Town - Skelgill - Nichol End - 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

We had a right run around before we actually got walking today. First of all we'd spent the morning working in the house and once that was done we set off intending to walk from Caldbeck. Halfway there it was still raining so we dropped that idea, because we wanted to do that particular walk on a nice day. One of us then suggested going to Grasmere, which seemed like a good idea at the time. So much so that we even set off walking from there, but a couple of hundred yards down the road and it was chucking it down. We really didn't we want to get a soaking so we just said "let's just go home".
When we got back as far as Keswick, it was dry, brighter and there was even a patch or two of blue sky. Jennifer suggested a walk through Newlands and along the side of Cat Bells, so we found ourselves setting off from here after spending nearly an hour driving around the county.

I think someone's eager to get going.

Causey Pike and Barrow seen on the opposite side of the valley.

Looking through Newlands Valley.

Cat Bells.

I couldn't decide what to say so here's a short list of captions (in no particular order):-
"only a mother could love it"

"it's still a couple of weeks before Halloween so you can take the mask off"

"didn't you used to be in charge of the bells at Notre Dame"


Ard Crags, Sail, Scar Crags, Causey Pike and Rowling End.

After a rubbish start to the day it had turned out to be quite a decent afternoon. Perhaps we shouldn't have been so hasty to change our plans. Not that there's anything wrong with this of course.

Little Town.

From here, we followed the path that takes you past the Yewthwaite mines area and along the bottom of Cat Bells.

From the path alongside the bottom of Cat Bells I took this picture looking across to the Skiddaw fells, a little bit of Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsa.


Between Skelgill and Gutherscale. That's Blencathra in the distance.

Once we were out of the sun and into the shade of the trees it was much cooler and the whole place had a damp autumnal feel about it.

Derwent Water, Skiddaw, Lonscale Fell and Latrigg from Nichol End.


Back at Portinscale suspension bridge.

Well, after much thought and by viewing the situation from every angle we eventually came to the conclusion that people don't wear hats as often as they used to.
Actually, that's got nothing at all to do with any of this but the sun came out in the end, and despite a wet morning and lots of indecision from us, we still had a good walk out.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks