The start and end of this walk is from Hawse End on the shores of Derwent Water just outside Keswick. To get to this point, you should take the Keswick Launch boat from Keswick. View timetables here - https://keswick-launch.co.uk/cruises/summer-times/
We highly recommend taking the first boat which departs from Keswick at 9:45am (please check the timetables to be sure!) to give you plenty of time to do the walk. The last boat to Keswick from Hawse End departs at 4:40pm.
Check the weather forecast before setting out and listen to advice locals may offer you. When the route follows a road with no footpath remember to walk on the right hand side so you are facing any oncoming traffic.
If you wish to carry a hardcopy map, we would recommend buying the OS Explorer Map OL4 - The English Lakes Northwestern Area. Alternatively, you may wish to print the daily maps directly from our app.
Tips and hints
Food & Drink
Cafes and food stores for supplies in Keswick.
Points of interest
Please see the interactive map for notable points of interest along the walk, including recommended pubs/restaurants and tearoom stops. Simply click the icons on the map for more information as you walk.
Summit of Catbells
The short scramble to the summit of Catbells is more than worth it. It is only 450m high but from the summit you have panoramic views. To the north is Skiddaw and Blencathra and then behind the summit is Maiden Moor and High Spy fells.
You will walk through Brandelhow Park on the return route on the Cumbria Way. This area was the first piece of land bought in the Lake District by the National Trust, back in 1904 to prevent a large housing development!. Today it is a lovely mixture of woodland and fields where lots of local wildlife thrives.
As well as offering a shuttle between Keswick and Hawse End, the Keswick Launch also operates circular trips around Derwent Water. After finishing your walk in Keswick, you may like to take a round boat trip to enjoy looking at the lovely surroundings from the water.
Sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes, and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required. The weather can change quickly in the Lake District so be sure to take all equipment even if the weather looks okay. Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
Please ensure you have plenty of water and emergency food (energy bars/trail mix) with you at all times. Please also ensure you check in advance of Pubs/cafes and shops opening hours on the day you are due to walk, in the Lake District opening hours are varied and they can be closed on certain days of the week (walking post-Covid19 lockdown restrictions means their opening hours could be even more erratic, so please check to avoid disappointment).