31st May 2015

Newlands Valley after the rain stopped

Time 2:10 to 4:20pm
Duration 2 hr 10 min
Distance 5.5 mile
Ascent not much
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Ullock - Little Braithwaite - 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 wet morning was spent in the house and as much as I'd liked to have been out walking, it was a good excuse to get some things done at home. After the jobs had been finished we decided to take our chance with the weather and head out for an easy walk through Newlands Valley. Given that we didn't get here until mid afternoon I expected parking to be a problem but there was no need to worry on that score. The parking spot was less than half full. Even while we were walking we hardly passed any people at all.

Looking over the fields and some of the houses in Portinscale to Grisedale Pike. If it weren't for that big tree over there you'd be able to see Lord's Seat from here as well.

Tomorrow is the 1st of June (summer) and although the sun is shining, people are walking about in waterproofs, hats and gloves. The wind is howling even at valley level and tomorrow we have a weather warning for torrential rain and unseasonably high winds. What can I say other than the weather is crap for the time of year.

The River Derwent and Latrigg seen from the suspension bridge.


Looking towards the Skiddaw fells from the road near Ullock.

Little Braithwaite Bridge.

Here's a view looking into Newlands Valley towards Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and Dale Head.

and if I turn around, I get a view looking back out of the valley to the Skiddaw fells.



Ah, good job we didn't set off from the car park in Newlands Valley as we were planning to do.

Causey Pike and Barrow seen from the twisty bit in the road at Skelgill.

Newlands Valley, taken from from the road next to the base of Cat Bells. If you look carefully Bassenthwaite Lake is visible in the distance.



It was really nice walking along here, sunny, out of the wind and actually quite warm. Unfortunately it wasn't to last, as we passed Nichol End Marina the heavens opened and the waterproofs were made to earn their keep.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks