Newlands Horseshoe is a 10.7 mile loop trail located near Keswick, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length10.7 miElevation gain3,024 ftRoute typeLoop
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This is a strenuous walk which offers stunning views. After parking, start the climb onto Catbells. There are two paths initially and these soon merge to form a clear path to the summit. The reward for this initial ascent of 1200 feet is the fine views across Derwentwater and the many surrounding fells. Then follow the main path and continue the gentle ascent to the summit cairn on High Spy. You have a short section of respite as you descend to Dalehead tarn at the southern end of the Newlands Valley. From here, it's s climb until you reach the summit cairn from where the view down Newlands and across to Eel Crags makes the effort worthwhile. You now head westwards along Hindscarth Edge with a different set of fells now included in the panorama to your left. Take the turn north towards the summit of Hindscarth with its well built cairn. The way back to the start is mainly a downhill. The route from Hindscarth heads almost due north and descends to High Crags and then along the pleasant ridge to Scope End. From here the path descends more steeply down the eastern flank of the ridge to reach Low Snab. Then head north on the track towards the road at Chapel Bridge. Turn right along the road passing through the collection of dwellings at Little Town. Just after the last cottage take the path signed to Skelgill and follow this through pastures to reach the road at Skelgill. Bear right along the road and you are soon back at the start.

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Steven Roberts
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Royston Lowe
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Andrew Coles
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This trail was so much fun! Me and my brother did it. Was our first “Ridge walk” but we loved every minute of it, great views!

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Julie Bates
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Katie Fernyhough
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This is definitely a tough hike! Nothing too technical, a few bits where you’ll want to use your hands to help. What makes it hard is the number of ascents and how steep they are! But from start to finish the views were breathtaking, absolutely worth it!

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Kenny Peers
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Absolutely incredible place,brilliant views from the 1st minute to the last! It’s tough,just a little bit of scrambling here and there nothing major,just have to be careful coming down,but you’ll be fine if you take your time. The views are well worth the graft. I took my time took loads of pics/vids and did Robinson Peak as well which made it 6 Wainwright’s done on the day. Can’t imagine going on a better walk.

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Olimpia Martenka
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Great trip with stunning views, hard hiking though. For someone who’s not familiar with it can be scary and tough but definitely worth effort. Breathtaking from the first step x Highly recommend.

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Ellyn Groat
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Fantastic walk, not too difficult, would highly recommend

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Annabel Overton
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9.3.20 brilliant walk with challenging but fun scrambles, until a sudden change in weather meant from dales head to the car park we were pelted with horizontal icy snow. for about 3 hours. please, if you do this walk in the winter, go well equipped with waterproofs and warm clothes. shelter was non existent. I was concerned we were going to need to call for help on multiple occasions. we eventually got back to the car after sliding down most of the final mountain side quarter on our butts because of the snow and ice making it difficult to navigate. good luck, when they say hard, they mean it. enjoy.

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Andy Turner
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The Newlands Horseshoe is a loop trail beginning at the foot of Catbells near Derwentwater. The trail takes you over Cat Bells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head and Hindscarth providing amazing views of the surrounding scenery. A great combination of terrain and perhaps for the more seasoned hiker.

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Kathryn Lewis
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Braithwaite circular via Portinscale, Cat Bells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head and Hindsgarth with a refreshment break at Swinside.

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Tom Gilpin
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Natalie Harker
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Joe Patterson
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Alex Mills
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Gary Huddart
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Andy Chow
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Louise Radford
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Laura Louise
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