Newlands Valley

Newlands Valley

North Western Lake District

Route: Newlands Valley

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 29th December 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 8.5 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Overcast with some brighter spells, several heavy showers

I parked in the village of Braithwaite, which was badly affected by the recent floods, but which is now open for business thanks to a massive clear up operation. I walked out of the village and joined the track leading uphill to Braithwaite Lodge, where the first of several heavy showers of rain swept across

A lovely path contours along the lower slopes of Barrow before emerging onto the valley road. I left the road after a short distance and followed the path into Stair. It was tempting to cut the walk short at this point, as I was in the middle of the figure of 8 shape of the route and it had been raining most of the way. For anyone who prefers shorter walks, this route could easily be treated as 2 circuits – see the maps page

I decided to persevere and was glad to have done so, since my arrival at the head of the valley coincided with some sunshine and good light

The return route took me back along the valley beside Catbells and then beside Newlands Beck. The beck had clearly burst its banks during the floods but the path was relatively undamaged and there were no problems, apart from one very muddy section on arriving back in Braithwaite. It had been a great walk in one of lakeland’s loveliest valleys

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