For some people, self catering in the Lake District can only mean one thing. Walking and lots of it! I went for a lovely walk in the Newlands Valley at the weekend, exploring the fields and lanes right in the heart of the valley.
You can start this walk from virtually anywhere in the valley; I started from a couple of our Lake District cottages at Birkrigg on the Newlands Pass.
Walk down the road in the direction of Keswick, you will soon come to a tight bend at Rigg Beck where the ‘Old Purple House’ used to stand. There is now a Grand Designs style house on the site but the purple colour remains on the roof garden and the front door.
Carry on along the pass till you come across a gate on the right hand side and a finger post indicating a footpath beyond the gate. The path leads down into the valley fields and across a minor road. A track climbs up the other side of the valley and emerges at Skelgill.
Walk through the farmyard and turn immediately back on yourself to join the path that runs alongside Catbells, towards the old mines at Yewthwaite.
After about half a mile, the path descends into Little Town where you can enjoy a well earned cup of tea at the farm tea room.
Now there are two options from Little Town. For a longer walk, go back up onto the track and carry on down the valley. This will take you to the old mines at Goldscope where you can peer into the open shafts on the side of Hindscarth.
Alternatively you can walk along the road towards Chapel Bridge and stroll down the lane to the pretty little church. The church serves tea and cake on weekends and during the summer. Continue along this lane to cross the ford and make the final short uphill stretch to Gill Brow. Walk through the farm to emerge onto the Newlands Pass and turn right to stroll the last few yards back to your cottage.
For more information on cottages in the Newlands Valley click on the highlighted link.