The Newlands Round

Submitted by Timwoods on 07 July 2009
OS Explorer Map: OL4 - The English Lakes: NW area
(8 votes)
A linear, full-day mountain (above 600m) walk in national park Lake District (England) starting at Catbells bus stop, Cumbria, about 19.3km (roughly 12 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This is one of the Lake District's great horseshoes, taking in a whole host of familiar names - Catbells, High Spy, Robinson, to name but a few. There are buses to the foot of Catbells during some months, but if not then it is an easy walk from Keswick. This can be a long day out if the weather is poor, so come prepared!
Start: Catbells bus stop, OS Grid: NY247213
End: Braithwaite, OS Grid: NY231236
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 2050m (6728ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 4120m (13516ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 2069m (6788ft)
Max. Elevation: 730m (2395ft)

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OS Grid: NY247213
In the summer months, buses stop right at the foot of Catbells. Some would say the perfect service for walkers, but it means you are straight into the hard work for the day, with no warm up! Either way, Catbells is a classic, with the Derwent Water panorama revealing itself as you ascend.
About 1.7 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: NY244196
The first summit is soon reached - and that's a fair chunk of the morning's uphill done! Enjoy the views, then continue along the obvious summit path on to Maiden Moor.
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 2 OS Grid: NY237183
The day's route is visible from here, on a clear day at least. The horseshoe can look imposing, the crags on High Spy and Dale Head in particular.
About 2.1 km (roughly 1.3 miles) from 3 OS Grid: NY234162
Right in the heart of the horseshoe, and probably time for a breather - there's the deep saddle between High Spy and Dale Head to come.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 4 OS Grid: NY224154
The highest peak of the walk, and surely one of the Lake's greatest viewpoints. Derwent Water to the east, Buttermere to the west, the Gable twins south and the Newlands Valley to the north. Worth savouring.
About 2.6 km (roughly 1.6 miles) from 5 OS Grid: NY203170
Carry on across Hindscarth Edge to Robinson, one of the friendliest sounding peaks in the park. There is a get-out at this point if necessary; follow the ridge down to Scope Beck. Otherwise, it's on to Knott Rigg.
About 1.8 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 6 OS Grid: NY197187
Another up and over; midway across Buttermere Moss, leave the path and take a bearing for Moss Beck. It's a steep drop, followed by an equally steep ascent on to Knott Rigg.
About 2.2 km (roughly 1.3 miles) from 7 OS Grid: NY215199
From Knott Rigg, there is a direct line to Braithwaite, but involves an awful lot more climbing over the ridges. A better option is to follow the line of Knott Rigg into the Newlands Valley. Pass the outcrops of Aikin Knott and continue on to the valley.
About 2.5 km (roughly 1.5 miles) from 8 OS Grid: NY232216
The path to Braithwaite hugs the foot of the fells, making navigation easy. Time to start thinking about that post-walk pint...
About 1.8 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 9 OS Grid: NY232235
The final leg will seem long, but the welcome in the Royal Oak will seem even warmer. Buses leave Braithwaite fairly frequently, and there are places to stay in the village as well.
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