7th May 2011

10 years in the making ---- an OFC celebration walk


Walk Overview
Time Doesn't matter
Distance 4.1 mile
Ascent 1200 ft
Walking with Other OFC members
Gutherscale - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - Hause Gate - road from Manesty back to the car
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

Today's walk was arranged to celebrate the first ten years of the OFC (online fellwalking club).

The walk was actually preceded by a sail across Derwent Water. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond my control prevented me from getting there on time. I was however able to drive to the bottom of Cat Bells and join the rest of the walkers there. The problem for me was guessing which landing stage would they disembark at, , , , , . With about 15 minutes to spare, I headed along here to see if I could spot the boat (it's on the previous picture).

Now that I knew I wasn't too late so I walked back to the bottom of Cat Bells where I saw some cars from what must have been a vintage car rally.
I'm not 'into' cars at all. I view mine as nothing more than a blue thing that gets me to places, but I do gain a bit of satisfaction from seeing these old cars like this.

I stood and looked across to Causey Pike and Barrow for a while.

I'd almost convinced myself that I was in the wrong place and was just about ready to head back to look over the lake when I spotted the rest of the group. I didn't take a picture of them, but I did take one of this interesting old car about five minutes earlier.

Off we go up the bottom of Cat Bells.

Derwent Water and Keswick in front of the northern fells.

A bit higher up and looking a bit further to the right you see Clough Head and Great Dodd behind Walla Crag.

On the opposite side of the fell is Newlands Valley and lots of fells of varying shapes and sizes.

Looking across the ridge to the summit.


A view behind shows part of Newlands Valley and Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance.

Just as I was bout to begin walking up the rocky section I took this picture looking down to Newlands Valley.

A close up of Little Town.

Cat Bells summit and part of our group. Some were ahead, some were behind, but it was us that just happened to be here at the same time.
The short sleeved shirts show it was far from cold and the ladies hair styles show it was quite windy up here today. See, if you had hair like mine, you wouldn't need to bother about it blowing about.

Richard makes his way across to join us in our sheltered lunch spot. Sadly, just as we were about to set off walking again the rain started. It wasn't just a bit of drizzle by the way, this was the real thing.

Just across from us, this group of kids were frantically trying to get their waterproofs on before they got soaked.

Bucketing down as we headed back down to the valley.

To state the obvious, my car wasn't parked with the rest so it was here that we went our separate ways. I walked back along the road to the bottom of Cat Bells and the remainder of the group walked around the end of Derwent Water to join up with the Borrowdale road on the opposite side of the valley.


On route back to the car I took this picture looking across Derwent Water to Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and in the distance, Blencathra.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks