We stayed in Keswick (at the very nice Hawcliffe House guesthouse) in early summer and drove round to the foot of Catbells for a great day's walk. Choose a nice day, park in the farmer's field, and up you go. Take some water and a picnic lunch and see the views get steadily more amazing - smooth flat shiny lakes on two sides, powerful peaks like Skiddaw, wide glacial valleys, scruffy sheep up on top and if you've chosen a nice day - no wind, or little wind. It's suprisingly busy on a nice day, with walkers of all ages. There are options to extend the walk by following the wellbeaten track on this exposed grassy hill and come down the saddle and back along the road. Beside the road is a stone wall, contented sheep and cows.
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