1st July 2007

Coat on, coat off, coat on - showers on Cat Bells and Maiden Moor


Walk Overview
Time 09.45 to 12.50
Duration 3 hr 5 min
Distance 5.1 mile
Ascent 2180 ft
Walking with On my own
Gutherscale - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - Yewthwaite Comb - Maiden Moor - Hause Gate - Allerdale Ramble - Gutherscale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Gutherscale (below Cat Bells)

A convenient car park for an ascent of Cat Bells, and access into both Newlands Valley and Borrowdale, but be warned, if you try to park here in the middle of the day it's doubtful that you'll get a space.

On a positive note, parking is free.


Route Map

Taken only a couple of minutes after the start of the walk, and although this picture shows Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow to be free of cloud, I could tell already that I wouldn't stay dry for long.

Heading across the short section of ridge along Skelgill Bank with the summit of Cat Bells in front (left).

Derwent Water, Keswick and some grim looking Northern fells.

And looking a little further around towards Bassenthwaite.

The view into wet looking Borrowdale from Cat Bells summit.

And now for something a little different.
Rather than continue onto Maiden Moor along the normal ridge path, I dropped down to Yewthwaite Comb, across to the faint path you can just see running up through the bracken, then up to Maiden Moor via the sheepfold marked on the map.

Cat Bells seen from the sheepfold above Yewthwaite Comb.

And again, this time taken from near the point at which I reached the top of the ridge.

A fine house on Brandelhow Point.

Well I didn't expect this! I know it only lasted about 30 seconds, but the sunshine was enough to remind me what the weather should be like at this time of year.


A close up of Keswick Launch.

The final section of the walk leading back to Gutherscale.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks