28th July 2012

A walk through Newlands Valley between the showers

Walk Overview
Time 14.00 to 16.45
Duration 2 hr 45 min
Distance 8.5 mile
Ascent 700 ft
Walking with On my own
Braithwaite - Braithwaite Lodge - Newlands Valley road - Stair - Little Town - Skelgill - Nichol End - Portinscale - A66 back to 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

I felt fortunate to get some sunshine today, and although I didn't escape completely from the rain, the delayed start seems to have paid off. I spent restless morning at home while one shower after another whizzed across the area. By dinner time the sun was out and I'd spent long enough in the house so I headed out to find somewhere to have a walk for a few hours.
People from some other parts of the county please note: up here in't north we have dinner when you have lunch and we have tea or supper when you have dinner.

, , , , , and here I am looking over Braithwaite towards Bassenthwaite Lake and Binsey.

To get from Braithwaite into Newlands Valley proper, I took the narrow path from Braithwaite Lodge and round the bottom of Barrow.
From here you get this nice view across to Cat Bells and Maiden Moor.

Looking in the other direction you see across to Swinside in the foreground and in the far distance is Latrigg and Blencathra.

The view across the valley shows Swinside (the buildings), Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and right at the back is Clough Head and Great Dodd.

I thought I could hear voices as I walked over the bridge. They were trying to persuade someone that "you'll be OK if you just slide down the rocks".

A close up of Skelgill.

Stair Bridge.


Barrow seen on the opposite side of the valley.

Looking up to Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Sail and Ard Crags.

The road to Newlands Church.

Little Town.

On the path above Little Town you have to options of going right, up to Hause Gate or, as I did today, carrying on around to the left and along the bottom of Cat Bells.

A view through Newlands Valley to Swinside and the Skiddaw Fells.

Even with my faulty built in spirit level I can see this bridge leaves a lot to be desired.

This section of Yewthwaite Gill seems to be getting deeper all the time. In about 20 years time people will be walking across here on a tightrope and trying to go down the gill in a barrel. I just hope they don't get planning permission to build one of those glass bottomed viewing platforms.

"It's nice a warm in the sunshine" I said to the couple as I passed them.
"Yes" the lady replied "but have you looked behind"

I don't see the point in ringing the fire brigade and bothering them. I mean lets be honest, we all know it'll rain again before the fire gets out of control.

I think the lady made a good point.


Almost at Nichol End and for reasons which will soon become clear, I wish I have a pound in my pocket for every time I've walked past this house.

At Nichol End and yes, I know it's a nice view with the boats and the hills, but I wasn't paying much attention to any of that rubbish. The thing that really caught my eye was the size of the piece of cake a guy had just bought from the tea room. If only I'd brought some money along with me, , , actually, I didn't bring anything today. I carried the waterproof jacket so I didn't even need to bring a bag. I thought about mugging the bloke but there were far too many people about so I just carried on walking.

Passing the Farmers Arms in Portinscale.

Well, the rain has finally caught up with me so was time to quicken the pace a little.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks