5th April 2017

Coves, Combes and Holes of the Lake District - Walk 7 - Yewthwaite Comb

Time 1:45 to 4:15pm
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent Somewhere around 1100 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Uzzicar - Newlands Beck - Stair - Skelgill - Yewthwaite Comb - Little Town - Ghyll Bank - Stair - Uzzicar
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Car park, Newlands Valley

Newlands is my favourite of all the Lakeland valleys and this car park offers easy access to the very heart of the place. For those with a preference for higher places, Causey Pike and Barrow are both within easy reach of the car park.
There is also space for a couple of cars on the roadside hear Stoneycroft Gill.

Parking is free.

Route Map


Today, we had half an afternoon spare so decided to have a walk out for a few hours. With nothing planned I put forward the idea of visiting Yewthwaite Comb and Newlands Valley. It was nice and quiet with it being mid week except for the area closer to Cat Bells which is generally quite busy regardless of the time of week or time of year.


Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow, seen from the road leading from Stair to Skelgill.
Lots of pictures of Newlands Valley today - those with a particular dislike for this place should turn off their computers and watch telly instead.


Newlands Valley seen from Skelgill.



Zooming in a bit on Little Town with part of Robinson up on the left and Knott Rigg up there on the right.

The view back through Newlands Valley with a glimpse of Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance.

Gaining height, I look down on the spoil heaps left over from the time when men spent their time working Yewthwaite Mine. Despite the poor standard of living people must have had in those days they were still human, so I find it hard to think they wouldn't have admired the surroundings and considered themselves in some way lucky to be living here.

Yewthwaite Comb.


Looking out of Yewthwaite Comb to the fells around Causey Pike.

As seen as though Yewthwaite Comb was the main aim of the walk we had a wander up to the old mine entrance.
The water was deeper than the picture makes it look and this was as far as I was brave (sensible) enough to venture inside.


For the return journey we headed down to Little Town where we'd then follow the road down the middle of the valley.

Here we look over the rooftops to the Skiddaw fells in the distance.

Looking across to Hindscarth and Robinson.

Springtime in Little Town.


And to finish, we have a view over Newlands Valley to Lonscale Fell, Latrigg, Blencathra, Clough Head and Walla Crag.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks