Newlands Valley - Braithwaite to Littletown - Circular Route

A lovely low-level circular walk, close to Keswick, with stunning views of the surrounding fells, taking you the full length of the peaceful Newlands valley from Braithwaite to Littletown via Stair. The route returns along the foot of Catbells and then follows the Newlands Beck. 

  • Distance - 7 miles
  • Time - 3-3.5 hours
  • Starting point - Braithwaite village shop
  • Parking - car parking space at NY230236 or at weekends and school holidays parking at Braithwaite School for a specified donation
  • Public transport - Bus X4 X5 to Braithwaite
  • Notes - a mostly level walk, some walking on minor roads with no pavement. Boots needed for boggy sections after wet weather.
  • Feedback - Contact Keswick Tourism Association by email

1. Start at the village shop in Braithwaite. With the bridge behind you walk down the lane to the left-hand side of the shop. After 150m turn right onto a bridleway over a cattle grid. Walk up the bridleway with views of the Skiddaw range behind you, Barrow in front and Grizedale Pike to the right. As you approach a farm you will see the path signposted on a tree (literally the word Path) taking you round the right-hand side of the farm. Go through a gate into a field at the top of which you will find a bench, from which there are excellent views over Braithwaite, Skiddaw and a glimpse of the end of Bassenthwaite Lake. Leave the field through a gate and turn left.

2. Follow this path, keeping left where it forks, until it drops down to a road. Turn right onto the road. After 500m turn left off the road at Uzzicar Farm onto a stony track. Follow the path down. Don't turn left towards the farm but keep forward. The path bends to the left and then rises with Catbells ahead of you. Go through a gate and then keep close to the fence. At the fence corner head to a rock with a yellow waymarker arrow. Keep to the left of the fence down to a gate. Through the gate keep to the right-hand side of the field and head to a gate at the bottom right-hand side of the field.

3. Go through the gate out onto the lane. Turn left over the packhorse bridge, past Newlands Adventure Centre, then take the second right at the junction signposted Skelgill 1/2 mile. Walk the meandering lane. The road presently bends sharp right and then sharp left between farm buildings. By a water trough turn right onto a footpath, passing between the buildings of Skelgill Farm and 2 gates. After the farm keep forward on the path and go through 4 gates. Pass a row of hawthorn trees on your left. Head for a single hawthorn tree, then another row of trees on your right leads you to a kissing gate.

4. Follow the now clear path. Go through 3 gates and then cross a stream via a small footbridge. Go through another gate before coming to the lane. Turn left into the hamlet of Littletown. Pass Littletown Farm then turn left through a gate onto a footpath signposted Hause Gate. The path rises and then bends sharply to the left. Follow the stony path until it splits. Take the left--hand path alongside the wall. Go over a bridge and follow the public bridleway as indicated by the waymarker. The path continues above the wall and below Catbells.

5. The slightly elevated path gives lovely views of the Newlands valley and fells beyond. Keep to the path until you come to the lane. Turn left and go through a gate. Drop down the hill past Skelgill Farm. We retrace our steps now for a short time down the lane back to the junction at Newlands Adventure Centre. At the junction turn right signposted Portinscale and Grange. After approximately 400m turn left off the road through a gate signposted Braithwaite 1.5 miles.

6. Go through the gate to follow the path alongside the beck again. Go through another gate and keep forward. The path crosses the stream. Turn immediately left and follow the path which shortly goes through a gate into a campsite. The path passes alongside the edge of the campsite. When you reach the road turn left then left over the bridge back to the village shop.

Newlands Valley