7th May 2013

A walk through Newlands Valley and round to Derwent Water


Walk Overview
Time 13.20 to 17.00
Duration 3 hr 40 min
Distance 7.8 mile
Ascent Not very much
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Ullock - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill - path around the side of Cat Bells - Derwent Water - Brandelhow Park - Hawes End - 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


Portinscale suspension bridge in front of the northern fells.

Over the fields between Portinscale and Ullock you can see Causey Pike, Barrow and Grisedale Pike.

Here's Grisedale Pike again, this time taken from the side of Ullock Farm.

A close up of Barf.


Looking back along Newlands Beck.

I think tranquil just about sums up the walk alongside Newlands Beck this afternoon.

Passing by the bridge over Newlands Beck. Crossing the bridge leads you to Uzzicar Farm and up to the main Newlands Valley road.



Looking behind, you see Rowling End, Causey Pike, Stile End, Grisdale Pike and Barrow.

The road from Skelgill takes you to the northern end of Cat Bells and from there, you could argue that you were no longer in Newlands Valley and that you were now in Borrowdale.

Swinside gives us a nice foreground for a picture of the Skiddaw fells.

To make the walk slightly longer, we headed along the side of Cat Bells before dropping down to Derwent Water and heading back to through the woods down there.

Looking across to Bleaberry Fells and High Seat.



Ring ring. Ring ring.
"Good morning motor launch insurance, how can we help"
"Err, yes, I'd like to make a claim"
"Can you give me some details of what happened sir"
"It was the tree, , , I tried to avoid it but I was too late"

This is the fantastic house found on Brandelhow Point. If only I had the value of this stashed away, then I may be able to reitre 20 years early.

"What do you mean I need to go on a diet, this end was lower when I got here"

Small trees in Brandelhow Park

and a few REALLY big trees.


Blimey, I know it was forecast to cloud over but this doesn't look promising at all.

The footpath to Keswick sign is found right next to the   Keswick 2 mile sign.

Yes, it still looks nice and sunny over there. However, for about 10 minutes of the journey home the rain was bouncing off the road. Once we were home, it was blue sky and sunshine again. I think this is what the forecasters call 'changeable'.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks