5th February 2010

I just fancied a walk up Cat Bells


Walk Overview
Time 14.50 to 16.20
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 3.6 mile
Ascent 1360 ft
Walking with On my own
Gutherscale - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - Hause Gate - Allerdale Ramble route 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

I hadn't intended to walk anywhere today, , , , that was until the middle of the afternoon came around, when I suddenly had the idea of walking up Cat Bells. I know it was a bit of a late start and the light wasn't very good, but I still had a thoroughly good time.

Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell seen across Derwent Water.

A close up of the headland at Otterbield Bay.

Looking back down the lower end of Cat Bells.

Newlands Valley.

Derwent Water and a hazy view towards the Skiddaw Fells and Blencathra.

There was still plenty of daylight time left, but general conditions were more like you'd expect to get about fifteen minutes before sunset.

Looking ahead to Cat Bells summit.

A close up of Causey Pike which was slowly disappearing among the cloud.

Skelgill Bank (the lower half of Cat Bells), Derwent Water, Keswick and the northern fells.

Cat Bells summit in front of Maiden Moor.

A close up of Brandelhow Point.

Borrowdale, taken shortly before I turned off to the left and headed down to the path running just above the building you can see at the bottom of this picture.

Zig-zagging my way off the fell.

Cat Bells, towering above the track I followed along the side of the fell.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks