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“Breathtaking views! But NOT safe for children or the elderly and needs more signage!”

Catbells Lakeland Walk
Ranked #2 of 71 things to do in Keswick
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

The top of Catbells was probably the most amazing view I have ever seen, anywhere, in my life. Even after just 5 minutes of climbing, it becomes unforgettable. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

But -- it has to be said that this hike up to the top is absolutely in no way safe for children or the elderly.
My husband and I saw a TV program, read a guide book, and heard from a local (3x total!) that this was a great "stroll" for families and (quote) "grandmothers." Absolutely not! I was terrified of slipping and falling on all of the rocky bits multiple times and there was legitimate danger for those who are not as dexterous or flexible as we currently are.

There are a few paths families and the elderly can take around the mountain instead of up -- definitely. But we met two older women probably in their 60s or 70s who had been misled about the climb up to the top as well and they were extremely discouraged that they couldn't make it after they made the trip out to do it.

Also -- and this is very important -- there are no signs anywhere (save for 2 small ones saying to stay on the path) to direct you on where to start, where to go, where to end, or how to get back to the boat docks. There were multiple times when we would reach a fork in the path or come to the end and not know how to get back to the boat dock.

Note: The boats stop running around 5pm so if you go any later than around 12 noon to hike up, you run the risk of missing the last boat -- especially because there are NO SIGNS!

With as big of an attraction as this is for Lake District visitors, there really, really, really needs to be better signage.

All that said, if you are in great physical condition and happen to be in Keswick, this is an amazing way to spend the day.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

We ventured up part of this steep walk and only time and arthritis prevented us going further! Great views of lake and mountains.

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Good walk up the hill with good views, especially at the top (but also at many other vantage points along the way). Number of routes available - one we chose was fairly steep in places and tricky on the descent as steps were slippery in the rain but great views and doesn't take all day!

Thank Peter B
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Walk or take the boat from Keswick to catbells. We chose the boat.
Quite a scramble up, yet the views when at the top are excellent.
we walked allong the ridge and dropped down back to the Lake near Grange.
We caught the boat back to Keswick from Lodore.
An excelllent walk.

Thank Troy S
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Once you get past the steep start of this walk the views make up for that straight away. I like that it is a short walk and doesn't take all day. There are nice flat parts 3/4 of the way to stop and admire the view, picnic, and take photos. Great view on both sides on Catbells! Liked the sheep too.

Thank touslesLundi
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