14th January 2017

Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and Newlands Valley from Portinscale

Time 9:15am to 1:15pm
Duration 4 hr
Distance 9.8 mile
Ascent 2200ft or there abouts
Walking with On my own
Portinscale - Nichol End - Allerdae Ramble - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - Hause Gate - Maiden Moor - Hause Gate - Skelgill - Stair - Newlands Beck - Ullock - 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.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


To start, a view across Derwent Water from Nichol End.

A close up of Latrigg across Derwent Water.

That's a strange looking sheep.

Another close up, this time showing Causey Pike.

With enough height gained I now look over the trees I've just walked through.

Lots of north western fells on view here showing more detail than usual because of the patchy snow.

Looking ahead to Cat Bells summit from Skelgill Bank.

The view back along the ridge showing Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwent Water and the Skiddaw fells topped with cloud.

Cat Bells summit, all to myself - - not very often you can say that.


A close up of Ard Crags above Birkrigg Farm.

Looking back to the summit and I notice other people are starting to arrive. On my way back from Maiden Moor the place was packed with people.

With having no plans today I decided to do a short loop of Maiden Moor as I was so close anyway. Once I'd got this far part of me wished I'd parked at the bottom of Cat Bells so I could have continued onto High Spy and even Dale Head.
Never mind.

On top of Maiden Moor and looking across to Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson.

The moor bit of Maiden Moor.

After a short visit up here is was time to start heading back down towards Hause Gate.

Nice view from here Petunia:
Youngsters can google that sentence.

Funny what you don't think about isn't it.
I've spent ages listing places and coming up with walks for my Coves project and while I was out today I walk right down the side of Yewthwaite Combe and completely forget this is included in the project. The penny only dropped when I got back home. I did think of cheating and counting this as the Yewthwaite Combe walk but thought better of it.

Almost off the fell now and onto the track above Newlands Valley. It's only January and there's snow on the ground but it was far from cold walking along here this afternoon.



Causey Pike, Outerside, Grisedale Pike and Barrow seen from Skelgill.

I hope someone comes along and trims this stuff otherwise this path won't be worth walking along. I think I understand why it was planted along here and if it does help hold the river bank in place when the river is high then that's great. Just cut it back a bit that's all !!

Ah yes, this looks better.

Little Braithwaite Bridge.

And to finish, I zoom in on Grisedale Pike, eat an apple and get into the car feeling please with the way I'd spent the day.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks