Catbells Lakeland Walk

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Catbells Lakeland Walk
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Keswick, UK3 contributions
May 2022
Theatre by the Lake are proud to be hosting the World Premiere of The Climbers: part love story, part ghost story and part mystery. In their first week of rehearsals the cast had a day out on Catbells, with perfect weather they had the best time... views for days and the best way to test their mountain legs for the month long production starting June 17, 2022.
Written May 23, 2022
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Preston, UK2,327 contributions
Feb 2022
We completed this walk mid February on a dry but cool day. We started at Hawes End walking South up to Cat Bells in a southerly direction. The first part of the walk is quite challenging in that it is fairly steep and in parts the path gives way to rock so there is some scrambling on all fours. For this reason the route is best tackled North to South because a descent from Cat Bells to Hawes End is more difficult to navigate.
After Cat Bells summit, it is a steady descent on a well marked path.
There is a small car park at Hawes End (charges apply), if this is full (as it was when we visited) there is further parking on the road running South past Hawes End but you need to drive far enough until the double yellow lines that ban any parking adjacent to the road run out. It is then a 10-20 minute walk back to the start.
There are a couple of main options for a circular walk after reaching Manesty, the Southern End of the walk. One is to walk back along the ridge below the main path but above the road, we opted for a walk along the shore line through wooded areas and we found a path through the wood which took us very close to the point where our car was parked, overall about 4.3 miles.
This is a really excellent walk with stunning views at the top and well worth the effort.
Good walking shoes essential plus good wind/rainproof clothing because conditions at the summit are very different to ground level.
Written February 18, 2022
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Rama R
London, UK308 contributions
May 2021 • Family
We decided to hike up Catbells on the first day of our
Lake District holiday. We had read a lot of reviews that there will be a bit of a struggle with parking but otherwise the hike is pretty easy with some steep bits and lots of little children hike it up regularly. So yes, we did struggle with parking - towards the end there is a single lane road with double yellow margins throughout and some passing places. We drove right up to the end only to find that there is no space to park. After a good struggle with reversing the car, we drove a little bit on the same road we came from and thankfully we found a place to park that was just vacated by someone. Mostly people park like this all through the way. There is also a ferry option for those who don't want to risk it with parking issues. Next came the path for the hike we chose. Our little girls are ver averse to taking the common, chosen, well-weathered, even paths so we decided to take the very steep path up the hill that even the grazing there were reluctant to tread upon. It was a bit of a struggle and added to that was the blazing right above or heads (yes, please start early in the morning, that would be a good idea) but after about an hour, it was still a steep climb, but the grassy land changed to rocky steps and jagged edges which made it greatly interesting. We reached the top shortly afterwards and realised what a popular hike this is as it had a lot of people there. We took some photos at the pike and after a short while, started our downward descent. This time we decided to stick to the path which was again through rocky steps for a while which then turned to even walking paths right upto our parking site. It's a slightly longer path but it takes you alongside the pretty Derwentwater Lake. It took us 3 hours in all, but ideally if you stick to the popular path, it should not take you as much. It's very pretty at the top and we definitely enjoyed the views better on our way back.
Written May 31, 2021
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Lauren H
Manchester, UK83 contributions
Oct 2020 • Friends
Got the first direct ferry from Keswick to Hawes End at 9:45 nice 10/15 minute crossing think it was around £8 return. Plenty parking at Keswick, but a little pricey. Carpark with toilets (20p) and cafe.
Boat you could sit indoor or outdoor and was dog friendly.
Clear signpost to catbells from hawes end, usually a few people doing the route so can also follow.
I'm unfit and the climb is pretty steep in parts, but just go at your own pace. I kept stopping and starting.
There are parts that you have to 'climb' up rock faces which can be a little tricky and unsteady if wet. So i would recommend on a dry day.
Once at the summit you follow over the top and then left at the cross paths down the 'steps' back towards the lake and follow it back to hawes end. No climbing over rock walls on the way back down.

Including boat crossing and getting back took around 3hrs. Various stops and had picnic at the summit. Just check the boat times.
Written October 29, 2020
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Simon G
Aberdeen, UK9 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
We took the launch from Keswick to the Hawes jetty and then followed the well trod path up Catbells. A good introduction to hill walking. Both our 8 year old, and Grandpa (a more experienced walker) managed fine. The day was clear and the views over Derwent Water and Keswick are stunning. You get a tremendous view of so many hills. We then went down the other side of the hill and walked back to the jetty along the lake side. Worth checking the return time of the launch so you don’t end up just missing it or hanging around too long for it to arrive.
Written April 14, 2022
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La Paz, Bolivia34 contributions
Jun 2021
Such a great little walk, easy to organise. We got to the Keswick Launch at Derwent Water 10.30am, bought a family ticket and boarded the 11am ferry. The walk was well signposted from Hawse End Jetty. We managed the walk with 2 young children, aged 6 and 7. The views from the summit were breathtaking. Derwent Water looks majestic and if you look northwards you can view Bassenthwaite. Make sure you take plenty of water and sunscreen as we did not feel the strength of the sun with the breeze. Many of the jetty's are not in use so please head back to Hawse End for the return and get there a good 15 minutes before pick up as about 10 people missed out due to the launch being full.
Written July 1, 2021
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Traveller S
110 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Catbells is a challenging walk as it’s so steep but it is absolutely worth it! The views over Derwent Water are stunning. I recommend getting the lake ferry from Keswick over to the base of the hill. There is a lovely 6mile circular walk which finishes off walking along the lake shores. Catbells does get very busy so go early!
Written June 4, 2022
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United Kingdom41 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Took the Keswick launch to Hawes End and then walked anti-clockwise round the circular walk across Catbells. There were some areas of scrambling on your hands and knees so a bit scary in places. The views were magnificent though. Would recommend taking a picnic and stopping frequently to enjoy the views, which were truly stunning. Took the very steep steps back down and then the route takes you along the (quiet) road before dropping back down through the woods back to Hawes End to catch the hourly ferry back to Keswick. A great day out.
Written August 5, 2020
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Birkenhead, UK285 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
We were so lucky with the weather when we did this walk, warm and sunny and lovely clear views from the top. There were a few parts which involved scrambling up rocky areas, nothing too bad but wouldn’t want to do it in wet weather! Car parking was a field at the start of the walk, there was a bloke collecting £3 per car which we felt was very reasonable. There were people of all ages doing this walk, including children and dogs, and the views from the top and the photos of
Der went water were stunning. Took about three hours to get back to the car with a few stops sitting on the grass to get breath back in steeper parts!
Written September 29, 2020
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10 contributions
Aug 2021
A decent walk and not too high at 451m. We did this in August and it was very busy, so if you want to avoid crowds leave early. There are two small scrambles to overcome but nothing too demanding, but be careful if it's wet as the rocks, etc are quite polished due to the number of walkers that get up there. The decent over the back of Cat bells can be slow also due to number of folk, plus if they are less experienced it can be very slow.
Written August 19, 2021
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