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Catbells

Catbells



Grid Reference: NY 24406 19852
Height: 451 metres/1480 feet

"Catbells is one of the great favourites, a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together, a place beloved"
A Wainwright

Catbells must be one of the best known fells in the Lake District, not only is it one of the most shapely summits, high above Derwentwater and in view from Keswick, Catbells also rose to prominence through the books of Beatrix Potter, Catbells was the home of Mrs Tiggywinkle.

Catbells is usually climbed from Hawse End where a wonderful path climbs the northern shoulder of the fell, high above Derwentwater with stunning views throughout, both over the lake to the east or the Newlands Valley to the west. The return to Hawse End can be made either along the lakeshore path or by the terraced path.

Those walking the higher terraced path will come across a memorial plaque to Hugh Walpole, who lived at Brackenburn, the house just below.

  1. On the ridge towards Catbells

    Catbells and Derwentwater: Private Guiding

    £75.00

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A shorter walk for all the family, a few steep sections on the way up and then a gentle walk back along the lake shore

    Distance: 8km / 5 miles
    Ascent: 400m / 1300ft
    Duration: 4 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 12:1
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  2. On the summit of High Spy

    Honister to Keswick: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    Good paths and great views over Borrowdale, the Newlands Valley and Derwentwater, a great linear walk

    Distance: 14km / 8.5 miles
    Ascent: 750m / 2500ft
    Duration: 6 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. Looking down the Newlands Valley from Dale Head

    The Newlands Horseshoe: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long but wonderful day on one of the classic horseshoe walks of the Lake District

    Distance: 18km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1190m / 3900ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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