28th June 2014

Portinscale to Grange, , , , and back


Walk Overview
Time 9:25am to 1:25pm
Duration 4 hr
Distance 10.4 mile
Ascent about 1000 ft of ascent
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nichol End - Bottom of Cat Bells - path along the side of Cat Bells - Manesty - Grange - Borrowdale Road - Chinese Bridge - Great Bay - Footpaths to Hawes End Outdoor Centre - Fawe Park - 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


Well, it looks like the camper vans have all but taken over this place. What a shame they don't want to support the local campsites and put a little money into the local economy. It's not all bad, at least they don't seem to be leaving any mess behind when they leave.

Cloud topped Skiddaw seen behind Portinscale suspension bridge.

Passing by The Chalet in Portinscale. Jennifer recommends this place from the times she's called in while out walking on her own. In fact, she could give you a review of every cafe / tea shop for miles around.


Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow are visible on the opposite side of Newlands valley. This picture was taken from the bend in the road at the bottom of Cat bells.

A misleading photo. If you don't know the place you'd be forgiven for thinking this path would take you to the pointed bit up there (Cat Bells) but it doesn't. The path skirts along the side of the fell, joins back up with the road and then rises along the fellside again.

Looking back along the path to see the Skiddaw fells (left) and Blencathra (right).

The view ahead and a bit to the left shows the southern end of Derwent Water.


The seat, as mentioned on the plaque.

Rather than take the road all the way to Grange I followed the narrow path behind Manest and along the bottom of Maiden Moor.
In the woods I spotted this 'secret' cabin.

Here you have the back of Manesty.

The footpath follows a route behind High Close.


Grange comes into view on the left so I leave the path and make my way down to the village.

Before I reach the village I stop for a bite to eat. Half expecting the place to be busy, I thought this would be the last spot on the walk where it would be nice an quiet. As it turned out, I didn't see as many people as I'd expected to on the rest of the walk.

Grange Church.




Cat Bells is seen from the track leading across to Chinese Bridge.

Looks like the watering hole is drying up quickly.

Chinese Bridge and Shepherds Crag. The wet footprints aren't mine.

Keswick launch in front of Blencathra
and now in front of Skiddaw Lower Man

Very tall trees alongside the route to Hawes End Outdoor Centre.
and some smaller ones.


Front to back - a field, some trees, Derwent Water and Walla Crag / Bleaberry Fell / High Seat.

That's Cat Bells up there and I was just thinking how nice it would be if I could set myself up with a turnstile at the bottom and 'politely' inform people it now costs £5 to walk up the fell. All proceeds will go to a good cause, , , , me!

Cat Bells, as busy as ever.
Here I drop down to the road just outside Portinscale. In ten minutes time I'll be back at the car.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks