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“Great view and a good workout” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Catbells Lakeland Walk

Catbells Lakeland Walk
Keswick, England
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Ranked #2 of 49 things to do in Keswick
Activities: Walking
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“Great view and a good workout”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

The Catsbells climb was fairly strenuous at points but definitely worth the effort! Dress in layers because you will need them at the top. We got lost on the way down to the dock....markings could've been better

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“Perfect Mini mountain for small people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

Catbells has been a family favourite for generations. Its not an big hill by any means. But it does require a bit of scrambling when coming along the ridge. And the views over derwent are fantastic.
Our 4 year old hasn't done a huge number of hills, but she loved all the climbing. although when we got close to the top the wind picked up and she wasn't so keen.
We managed to find a spot in the car park on the Hawes End to Stair lane. From there, its an obvious path all the way to the top. We headed down towards Manesty from the col after the summit. That's a steep slog down a pitched path - avoid it if you've got dodgy knees. Then back along the terrace.

Visited September 2012
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“Iconic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Catbells is one of the great Lake District landmarks but it doesn't take a mountaineer, and the walk can be quite quick - there's some car parking and also a bus stop near the bottom.

I enjoy walking to the bottom of Catbells from Keswick - it takes about an hour, making good progress on a metalled surface but it's a very quiet road through beautiful little Portinscale village and then between woods, with hills on one side and the Lake on the other.

Leaving the road to start the climb, Catbells provides about an hour's walk at a gentle pace to the top (over several false crests!). The views on the way up are beautiful, across Derwentwater on one side (and across to Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and High Seat), and with big hills on the other. There are some scrambly bits on the way up, but nothing too strenuous - it's a popular walk and you'll see old people and very young people up there. Catbells is one of those hills that looks steeper from a distance than it feels when you're walking up it.

The easiest way down is to continue beyond the summit and take the obvious path on the left, that will bring you by a relatively gentle route (avoiding the scrambly bits) to where you started.

But if you want to continue, you can proceed across Maiden Moor, a gentle climb to High Spy, which might take another hour. From there, there's a steep staircase-like downhill beyond High Spy, bringing you to a choice of walks: take a path downhill on the left, and you'll reach Rosthwaite (and the 78 Seatoller bus back to Keswick) via an atmospheric disused quarry, or if you go straight on downhill towards Honister, you'll have a longer walk: a long slow grassy uphill followed by a long steep downhill offering great views, which eventually takes you to the quarry museum, youth hostel and bus stop at the Honister Pass. (You can take the Honister Rambler bus in either direction for a scenic trip back to Keswick, or walk down the road about two miles to Seatoller and get the 78 from there.)

Visited October 2012
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“Fantastic”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Moderate climb with fantastic views and easily accessible via the Keswick Launch. Once you reach the summit you can ascend and carry on round the lake with fabulous scenery

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“FANTASTIC VIEWS”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

A must do if you stay in Keswick. Get the boat over in the morning climb Catbells you get fantastic views of Derwent water. Then carry on walking around the lake takes about 4 hours but well worth it.

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