30th September 2015

Newlands Valley and Derwent Water

Time 1:30 to 4:45pm
Duration 3 hr 45 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent Not much
Walking with Jennifer
Portinscale - Ullock - Little Braithwaite - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill - Side of Cat Bells - Derwent Water - 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


Lakeland continues to be a cloud free zone so we take advantage of this by heading out for a low level afternoon walk in the sunshine and warmth. It doesn't take long to get into the countryside so before we can say "I'm glad I put shorts on" we can see Grisedale Pike over there on the left and Lord's Seat on the far right hand side of the picture. Taken just outside Portinscale.

The Skiddaw fells seen from the fields between Portinscale and Ullock.


Little Braithwaite bridge.

Lunch with a view of the Skiddaw fells and Blencathra.

Bridge over Newlands Beck.

From stair we walk up the road to Skelgill. Ahead of us is Cat Bells.


Causey Pike, Outerside, Grisedale Pike and Barrow, all seen from the road just below Skelgill.


Looking through Newlands Valley with a glimpse of Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance.

As we look across the tops of the trees we can't help but notice how the autumn colours are really showing now. Hopefully this autumn won't be as stormy as the previous few and we'll be able enjoy a good few weeks of seasonal magic.

Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell looking exceptionally clear on the opposite side of Derwent Water.



"I'm not being childish, but I'll only row if I can be captain"

Looks like someone's decided to set up camp in the woods. You know the type of thing, clothes hanging off trees, rubbish scattered around and of course the uncontrollable need to light a fire; despite all those wooden things sticking out of the ground.

Keswick launch makes its way past Walla Crag.


There were a few options open to us but today we chose to follow the footbath next to the lake. Lovely and warm and to our surprise we saw no one until we reached Hawes End.

Disused landing stage in front of Walla Crag.



Well, that was a nice afternoon walk and to finish, here's a picture of Dodd, Ullock Pike, Long Side, Carl Side, Skiddaw, Skiddaw Little Man and Lonscale Fell seen from Nichol End.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks