In the Lake District – Views of Borrowdale and Newlands

This is a walk I did last week in the Lake District, beginning and ending in the quaintly named village of Little Town in the Newlands Valley just south of Keswick. In true Lakeland style the weather came in with a vengeance and I cut the planned walk short but the ridge between the fell known as Maiden Moor – just to the south of the popular Catbells – and High Spy provided an enjoyable walk and some memorable views of Borrowdale and the Newlands Valley.


Looking up the Newlands Valley from Little Town to the peaks of Hindscarth and Robinson

From Little Town the path climbs out of the Newlands Valley to Hause Gate, the col between Catbells and Maiden Moor to the South. Looking over the far (eastern) side of Hause Gate provided a stunning view of Derwentwater below and the Borrowdale Valley extending southwards to the high fells above Seathwaite at its head. These pictures were taken from just off the path a little way above Hause Gate.


Looking across Derwentwater towards Keswick from just above Hause Gate

Borrowdale Valley

From the same place looking up the Borrowdale Valley to Castle Crag and the high Fells above Seathwaite

Once the summit plateau of Maiden Moor was reached I left the main path and followed a faint track around its western edge where crags and steep ground overlook the Newlands side of the fell. Beyond the cairn – the highest point is unclear so we’ll assume the cairn is it – the main track was rejoined and followed on towards the next fell of High Spy. Again I left the main track near the top of the rise to visit a prominent subsidiary top on the left known as Blea Crag and once again overlooked the Borrowdale side with views down to Grange and the the mountains above Seathwaite at the valley’s head.

Newlands from Maiden Moor

Bull Crag on Maiden Moor looking down to Newlands

view of Borrowdale

The viewpoint of Blea Crag looking towards Borrowdale

Grange from the viewpoint

The village of Grange in Borrowdale from the Blea Crag viewpoint

Blea Crag is a fine belvedere for Borrowdale but is not the summit of the fell which is seen across the plateau ahead. As I approached the top the weather which so far had threatened from a distance made its move and I sheltered behind the huge pillar-like cairn, the wind blowing the rain and hail past me while I stayed dry. The sun put in another brief appearance but it was short lived and as I reached Dalehead Tarn the rain started up again in earnest. My plan had been to continue over Dale Head and Hindscarth descending the interesting ridge of Scope End to Little Town but this would result in getting wetter than necessary so instead I opted to descend the upper part of the Newlands Valley to my start point which is shorter and much more sheltered.

High Spy and Dale Head

The summit of High Spy with Dale Head to the Right. The peak beyond the summit is Great Gable

Dale Head

Dale Head seen from the path down the far side of High Spy

high Spy and the Newlands Valley

Looking down the upper part of the Newlands valley as the rain set in. High Spy is up to the Right

The path follows the right bank (when descending) of the Newlands Beck below the line of crags marking the western edge of High Spy passing a spectacular waterfall and some rough terrain on the way down. Soon afterwards the wide easy track begins by some ancient stone sheepfolds. The route via Dale Head and Hindscarth is described in this post when it didn’t rain though I did encounter winds of up to 90 mph. Lakeland weather is nothing if not varied!

Pete Buckley  June 2011

About Pete Buckley

Hi I'm Pete and I'm a UK based outdoor enthusiast, part time writer and photographer. My work includes action adventure novel The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk as well as a couple of travel stories recounting firstly a campervan adventure around New Zealand and then a week on foot in the Swiss Alps, hiking from the Eiger to the Matterhorn. The subject of these pages is predominantly hiking in the English Lake District (which is near where I live), North Wales and the Scottish Highlands as well as cycling; from rides with the kids to trail riding in the Highlands of Scotland and other wonderful places... Thanks for visiting.
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7 Responses to In the Lake District – Views of Borrowdale and Newlands

  1. Fantastic scenery and fine photography!


  2. Emma says:

    Gorgeous photographs – I’ve never visited the Lake District, but will have to now I’ve seen these!


    • Pete Buckley says:

      Thanks Emma, it’s definitely worth a visit or several! Let me know if you do and I can tell you the best places to see.


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  4. Rover says:

    I visited the Lake District as a child once Easter. A very special and beautiful part of the world!


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