Catbells is a classic walk in the Lake District, arguably the most popular fell in this particular part of England. It attracts families, those on route to higher places and those out to bag a Wainwright! The views back to Keswick grab the attention however the vistas into the Newland valley in the opposite direction are just as good if not better. A simply brilliant walk and well worth the effort as thousands will testify.
|Start – Brandelhow Park road
|Route – Brandelhow Park road – Skelgill Bank – Catbells – Hause Gate – Allerdale Ramble – Brandelhow Park road
|Distance – 2.5 miles Start time – 12.30pm Time taken – 3 hrs Highest Point – Catbells 451m
|Weather – Some sun, lots of showers!
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Derwent Water from the road that runs under Catbells
Starting the climb to Skelgill Bank, Blencathra with a hat of cloud in the distance
He’s ready for the climb, Skelgill Bank behind
One of the many rain showers passes over Derwent Water
Heading up to Skelgill Bank
Looking into Newlands Valley, Causey Pike is the tallest pointy fell to the left
Fantastic view into Newlands Valley
Looking back to Skelgill Bank and on to Bassenthwaite Lake
Derwent Water, Keswick and Blencathra behind from the climb to Catbells
Nanny, Grandad and the two boys at the summit as a rain shower comes in!!
The route down to Hause Gate and onwards to Maiden Moor from Catbells summit
Hindscarth left and Robinson right from Catbells
Skiddaw with its head in the clouds and Keswick below from Catbells
Lake Bassenthwaite from the summit
The north western fells
Starting the decent from Hause Gate looking along Derwent Water
A rainbow below us as we descend, all that was left was a short walk along the road back to the car