27th June 2006

An evening walk up Cat Bells


Walk Overview
Time 18.10 to 20.25
Duration 2 hr 15 min
Distance 3.4 mile
Ascent 1224 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Gutherscale - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - Hause Gate - Yewthwaite Gill - Skelgill - 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

Derwent Water, Keswick, Latrigg, Lonscale Fell and Blencathra taken from the footpath at the bottom of Cat Bells.
After a dark and gloomy start to the day the sun gradually came out and it turned into a perfect summers evening which was far too good to miss.

Looking back down the lower section of the path to Derwent Water and Keswick.

Otterbield Bay.

Derwent Water and Keswick with the Skiddaw Fells on the left and Blencathra on the right.
What a fantastic way to end the day!

A close up of the Skiddaw Fells.

Looking ahead to Cat Bells.

Cat Bells summit with Maiden Moor ahead.

Bleaberry Fell and High Seat behind Derwent Water.
The sunny weather had been moving across from the west for most of the afternoon, but not quick enough to reach the Helvellyn Fells, which can still be seen under some black looking clouds.

Zooming across to the Rosthwaite section of Borrowdale. The highest point on the skyline is High Raise with Thunacar Knott and Pike O'Stickle to the right and still in shade. The two rocky summits near the middle of the picture are Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag.

Looking over Derwent Water to Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell, also with Clough Head and Great Dodd (just) behind. Taken from the point where we turned right and headed back into the valley.

Another close up picture, this one of Walla Crag.

Beautiful evening light on this little waterfall on Yewthwaite Gill.

Brunt Crag and Cat Bells seen above some of the old mine workings found in this area.

The footbridge over Yewthwaite Gill.

Long shadows on the path that runs between Yewthwaite Gill and Skelgill with Swinside (covered in trees) and the Skiddaw fells behind.

And again, looking in the opposite direction. This time the fells in the background are Maiden Moor and High Crags.

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Lake District Walks