7th February 2006

Rain and strong winds on the High Spy ridge.


Walk Overview
Time 09.40 to 15.05
Duration 5 hr 25 min
Distance 9 mile
Ascent 2740 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Jane Frank
Gutherscale - Cat Bells - Maiden Moor - High Spy - Dalehead Tarn - Newlands Beck - Little Town - 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 very tame Robin watching us getting ready to start the walk.

Derwent Water, Keswick and Blencathra taken from the lower slopes of Cat Bells.
The weather forecasters actually got it spot on for once; overcast, high winds and persistent rain moving into the area. Luckily for us the cloud base was higher than we were throughout the walk, so even while it was raining we still had some decent views. The only uncertainty was exactly how soon the rain would start, so taking into account the strength of the wind at the beginning of the walk, we kept our options open. If the rain had started before High Spy summit then we would have probably taken a shorter route. As it turned out the rain kept off until we left High Spy summit and by that point it was just as easy to continue with the planned walk.

Rowling End, Causey Pike, Barrow and some of the higher North Western fells.

The Skiddaw fells and Blencathra behind Derwent Water and Keswick.

On route to Cat Bells.
It isn't really evident from this picture, but the wind was already making it quite difficult to walk in a straight line.

Looking back down the steep section of path below Cat Bells summit.

Looking down to Borrowdale from the exposed section of path leading up to Maiden Moor.

Just below Maiden Moor with Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and High Seat behind.

The head of Borrowdale looking rather grim from the fellside near Maiden Moor.

Maiden Moor.
Bassenthwaite can be seen on the left of the picture and Derwent Water on the right.

Another picture looking down to Borrowdale. The larger group of buildings in the photo is Grange.

We were really fighting against the wind now on the last section of path before High Spy summit.
A couple of minutes after taking this picture the wind was so strong we were standing together and holding onto each other. One of us eventually said "we can't stand here all day", so we set off again, still hanging on and being blown all over the place.

High Spy summit.

The little unnamed tarn next to the path below High Spy. Dalehead Tarn can just be seen on the right of the picture.

Looking down on one of the waterfalls found on the route between Dalehead Tarn and Newlands Valley.

The long walk back through Newlands Valley.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks