Braithwaite to Keswick via Portinscale

This is a pleasant stroll of about 3 miles each way. There are several variations, and it is possible to remain on the quiet back roads all the way by taking the Newlands Valley road and then taking each left turn until Portinscale is reached, then turning right to Stormwater bridge and Keswick. There is a regular bus service from Keswick to Braithwaite, so it would be possible to make this a one-way walk if the weather turns inclement. The route below keeps to footpaths rather than roads as far as possible, and is a pretty wander through farmland and valley scenery.

From 1 Bridge Cottage, cross the bridge and turn immediately right. After a few paces, take the footpath on the right that runs through the top of the camping site. This runs alongside Coledale Beck (which runs from Coledale Hause past the cottage) and then the charming Newlands Beck. At Little Braithwaite, turn left onto the road, and follow this to Ullock, where a footpath to Portinscale is found on the left. Portinscale is famous archaeologically because of the find (in 1901) of several stone axes, and there is much debate about whether this was a site of a neolithic settlement.

Follow the track to the road; turn right, and after 50 yards take the footpath left to Stormwater Bridge. Follow the track to Keswick.

For a circular walk, return to the Stormwater Bridge. Cross, then turn right and follow the River Derwent under the A66 to the old railway line. Take the left fork to How, then cut back along the path which returns to the old railway line before heading West to Bog House. Cross the bridge over the Newlands Beck, and follow the footpath to the A66. Cross, and return to Braithwaite via Middle Ruddings, the school and the Royal Oak.

Cottage for holiday lets in Braithwaite

    Our second home, 1 Bridge Cottage, Braithwaite, near Keswick, is available for holiday letting. We use Cumbrian Cottages as our key-holders and letting agent: please follow the link to their site if you are interested in staying in our comfortable, welcoming and wonderfully located cottage.