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Height: 451m (1,480ft) GPS: NY 24406 19852 Walking Routes

Catbells is a fell in the Lake District and has a modest height of 451 metres (1,480 ft) but despite this it is one of the most popular fells in the area.

It is situated on the western shore of Derwent Water within 3 miles (5 km) of the busy tourist town of Keswick. Its distinctive shape catches the attention of many visitors to the Lakes who feel compelled to climb to the summit after seeing it from the viewpoint of Friars Crag on the opposite side of Derwent Water.

Catbells is the last fell on the ridge separating Derwent Water from the Newlands valley
and rises due south from Hawse End, reaching the summit in two distinct steps.The lower top is named Skelgill Bank.

Beyond the summit of Catbells is the steep sided depression of Hause Gate, before the ridge broadens and twists south westward to Maiden Moor.

The summit is all rock with many loose stones lying amid the small outcrops.

The view from the top of Catbells gives a fine panorama which is dominated by the aerial view of Derwentwater.

Bassenthwaite Lake, the Newlands Valley, Skiddaw and Keswick all show well to the north, while the view south has a fine vista of Borrowdale.

Nearly all ascents of Catbells start from Hawse End at the foot of the northern ridge where there is car parking here but the spaces soon get taken on busy summer days.

Hawse End is also served by the Derwent Water Motor Launch and this enables visitors to Keswick to combine a sail on the lake with an ascent of the fell.

Many walkers who reach the top of Catbells return to their starting point after admiring the view.

However, strong walkers can continue along the ridge to take in the fells of Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson to give a horseshoe walk which ends in the Newlands valley close to Hawse End.

Walking routes near Catbells



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