27th January 2013

Blowing a gale in Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Time 10.40 to 13.05
Duration 2 hr 25 min
Distance 6.1 mile
Ascent not much
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Ullock - Little Braithwaite Bridge - Newlands Beck - Stair - 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

A long distance shot of Grisedale Pike taken from our roadside parking spot.

The River Derwent was running very high today. Hardly surprising when you realise how much snow must have melted last night from the valleys and the lower fells.

This path running between Portinscale and Ullock was the only section of the route I wasn't too sure about today. I'd imagined there might be too much water for us to cross. thankfully this wasn't the case.
Up on the right of the picture is Grisdale Pike. Causey Pike and Barrow are both in the centre of the picture.

A view across to the Skiddaw fells and also Blease Fell (on the right).

The new bridge at Little Braithwaite.

and the new path.

Further upstream you pass by this much older bridge over Newlands Beck. This one takes you over to Uzzicar farm and the main Newlands Valley road.

Heading towards Stair.
Up on the skyline are Cat Bells and Maiden Moor. I don't think it would have been impossible to walk up there today, but it can't have been very comfortable in this wind, especially with the added hindrance of so much patchy snow and ice on the ground.

Causey Pike seen from the narrow road between Stair and Skelgill.

and again, from the top of the road. The bulky looking fell on the right is Barrow.

We're on the road near Skelgill and this was as high as we ascended today.

Here's another Causey Pike picture but just notice the amount of water running down the road.

Snow and ice melt straight off the side of Cat Bells.

A bit of sunshine on the Skiddaw fells.

It's a good job the water was nice and calm otherwise I'd have felt a bit seasick standing on the pontoon type landing stage to take this picture. Anyway: I wasn't sick and that's Clough Head and Great Dodd over in the distance.

I started with a picture of Grisdale Pike and here's another one to finish with.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks