Catbells

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!
Catbells map

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Derwent Water from the road that runs under Catbells

Derwent Water from the road that runs under Catbells

Starting the climb to Skelgill Bank

Starting the climb to Skelgill Bank

He's ready for the climb, Skelgill Bank behind

He’s ready for the climb, Skelgill Bank behind

One of the many rain showers passes over Derwent Water

One of the many rain showers passes over Derwent Water

Heading up to Skelgill Bank

Heading up to Skelgill Bank

Looking into Newlands Valley, Causey Pike is the pointy fell to the left

Looking into Newlands Valley, Causey Pike is the pointy fell to the left

Fantastic view into Newlands Valley

Fantastic view into Newlands Valley

Catbells ahead

Catbells ahead

Looking back to Skelgill Bank and on to Bassenthwaite Lake

Looking back to Skelgill Bank and on to Bassenthwaite Lake

Derwent Water, Keswick and Blencathra behind from the climb to Catbells

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!!

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

The route down to Hause Gate and onwards to Maiden Moor from Catbells summit

Hindscarth left and Robinson right from Catbells

Hindscarth left and Robinson right from Catbells

Skiddaw with its head in the clouds and Keswick below from Catbells

Skiddaw with its head in the clouds and Keswick below from Catbells

Lake Bassenthwaite from the summit

Lake Bassenthwaite from the summit

The north western fells

The north western fells

Starting the decent from Hause Gate looking down Derwent Water

Starting the decent from Hause Gate looking down Derwent Water

A rainbow below us as we descend

A rainbow below us as we descend