13th December 2005

Cat Bells and Newlands Valley


Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 12.15
Duration 2 hr 35 min
Distance 4.2 mile
Ascent 1335 ft
Walking with On my own
Gutherscale - Cat Bells - Newlands Church - Little Town - Ghyll Bank - 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

A close up of Blencathra from the start of the path up Cat Bells.

Rowling End and Causey Pike seen across part of Newlands Valley.

A brief spell of sunshine on the fields at Swinside.
The larger village at the top of the photo is Braithwaite.

Looking into Newlands Valley, with Hindscarth and Robinson at its head.

The route to Cat Bells taken from Skelgill Bank.
During the summer months Cat Bells is a firm favourite with "none walking" visitors to the Lake District and especially with families. The fell offers a good addition to a circuit of Derwent Water or you can just park at the bottom and walk out and back. This path can get very busy during the holiday periods, but this wasn't the case today as I had the fell to myself.

The view back along the ridge towards the Skiddaw fells.

And again from higher up the route.

From the summit looking towards Maiden Moor.

Not the best conditions today, but this is a great view of Newlands Valley. It shows more then one chapter of the valley's history in a single glance. From the spoil heaps that provide evidence of mans handiwork during one industrial past; to the rich farmland in the valley floor which, sad to say is also on its way to becoming another "industrial past". Then we have the fells on each side of the valley which have added to the most recent chapter by helping to create the modern "industry" of mass tourism, which brings thousands of people to the valley every year.

Scope End (left) and Robinson from the track just outside Little Town.
Newlands Church can be seen to the right of the middle of the picture.


The view of Dale Head and Scope End seen from the seat outside Newlands Church / School.
A very peaceful place for something to eat.

Newlands Church and School.

The hamlet of Little Town.

Almost at the end of a nice short walk through my favourite of all the Lakeland valleys. Hindscarth and Robinson taken from the footpath between Ghyll Bank and Skelgill.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks