7th May 2005

Cat Bells to High Spy - and a long walk back.


Walk Overview
Time 06.50 to 12.15
Duration 5 hr 15 min
Distance 9.6 mile
Ascent 2949 ft
Walking with David Price ( my nephew)
Gutherscale - Cat Bells - Maiden Moor - High Spy - Dale Head Tarn - Rigghead Quarries - Grange - Road back to Gutherscale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Gutherscale (below Cat Bells)

A convenient car park for an ascent of Cat Bells, and access into both Newlands Valley and Borrowdale, but be warned, if you try to park here in the middle of the day it's doubtful that you'll get a space.

On a positive note, parking is free.


Route Map

Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow from the start of the path up Cat Bells.

Looking ahead to Cat Bells summit from the short level section between Brandelhow and Cat Bells. It was really windy on the tops today, it was along this section of path that we started to feel the effects of the strong side winds blowing us about.

Derwent Water and Keswick with the Skiddaw fells behind, still under a thick band of cloud.

Sunshine on High Crags and Maiden Moor. Hindscarth and Robinson are on the right with a little cloud on their summits.

Derwent Water from the path between Maiden Moor and High Spy.
The fells behind are L - R Lonscale Fell, Latrigg, Blencathra, Walla Crag, Clough Head and Bleaberry Fell.

Looking back along the broad ridge towards Maiden Moor.
Blencathra and the Skiddaw Fells still had quite a bit of cloud cover, but this did gradually lift as the morning went on.

High Spy summit.

On the route that leads down from High Spy this little un-named tarn is found next to the path. The tarn is quite small, but because the path is actually lower than the tarn it gives the illusion of being much bigger and provides a lovely foreground to a view of the Causey Pike ridge.

Dalehead Tarn.
The dark peak sticking up behind the tarn is Causey Pike.
While we were beside the tarn we were commenting on how warm it was, now that we had found a little shelter from the wind. It's hard to believe 15 minutes after this was taken we were trying to find somewhere to put our waterproofs on as the rain was so heavy. The rain soon turned to hail and lasted most of the way down past Rigghead Quarries.

Rain and hail were gone again and the warm sun was out. Looking towards Castle Crag from the path marked on the map as Allerdale Ramble from the point where it crosses Tongue Gill.

Tongue Gill.

Derwent Water and the Skiddaw Fells from the path behind Castle Crag. Castle Crag is on the right hand side of the picture.

River Derwent.

From the long road walk back to the car, looking across Derwent Water to Latrigg, Lonscale Fell and Blencathra.

Swinside and the Skiddaw Fells from the end of the walk.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks