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Infamous Catbells from Keswick.
Probably the most
popular walk in the whole of the Lake District for both young
& old, it gives great views of Derwentwater without too much
effort (weather permitting!)
The following is a
brief outline of the route, but we recommend the use of a map
- Starting at the
Moot Hall in the centre of Keswick, head towards the Post
Office & continue along the main road to the bridge
over the river Greta. Turn left immediately and then
right through the gate and across the fields to the
wonderful bouncy bridge into Portinscale.
- Head along the
road to Nichol End marina & follow the path through
the forrest towards Hawes End.
- After passing
through a gate onto the road, continue straight across
& up the hill to another road at a cattle grid.
- From the road
pick up the very clear path upwards which leads (after 2
false summits that we discovered the first time we
climbed it!) to the stoney top of Catbells (you are
allowed to rest on the climb to admire the views back
over Keswick & Skiddaw, of course!)
- You now have
three choices, depending on how tired or fit you are
- for the tired,
cut down to Hause Gate (the dip between Catbells and
Maiden Moor, the next fell on the ridge) and turn either
left or right, both of which take you down to paths that
skirt along the side of Catbells and back to Hawes End,
then follow your outward route in reverse back to Keswick.
- for the more
energetic, at Hause Gate turn left and follow the path
down (Ignoring the path which skirts along the side of
Catbells) to the road and continue round Derwentwater on
the clear lakeside paths (if the end of the lake is
flooded, continue along to Grange and cross there) back
- for the super
fit, at Hause Gate continue uphill to Maiden Moor and
just beyond cut down to Grange and continue around
Derwentwater back to Keswick (or catch the bus or launch
back if necessary!)
View of Catbells from
the forest near Hawes End
View from Maiden Moor
of Catbells, Keswick and Skiddaw.
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