A varied walk to the summit of Catbells, returning via woodland and the shores of Derwent Water on the Cumbria Way.
This short, sharp climb up a "little mountain" or "lair of the wildcat" is a firm Lake District favourite. As Alfred Wainwright said, "It is a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together, a place beloved". For a relaxing start to the day, take the Keswick Launch to Hawse End before starting to follow well-defined paths through the bracken. As you climb, views open up over lovely Derwent Water and the beautiful Newlands Valley. A short section towards the summit involves a little bit of scrambling and a head for heights, but if this isn't for you, you can still enjoy amazing views from very close to the top and you could simply turn round and go back the way you came. However, it is worth the effort on that very short section to stand on the top and take in the amazing views over the Lake District including the mighty Skiddaw to the North. After leaving the summit, the path heads downhill and then you can enjoy a relaxing stroll back via the shores of Derwent Water to Hawse End where the boat will take you back to Keswick in 10 minutes for your final night in the Lake District.
Note de l'auteur
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.
Type de chemin
Lieux où se restaurerTheatre by the Lake
The Old Keswickian
The Wild Strawberry
The Packhorse Inn
The Dog and Gun
The Bank Tavern
The Square Orange Cafe
Treeby and Bolton
Consignes de sécurité
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.
Conseils et recommandations supplémentaires
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).
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