Even at rather less than 700ft, which was the somewhat modest height to which I ascended on todays walk, the wind was having an adverse effect on my ability to walk in a straight line. And while it was still manageable enough on this path; to say the least, it would have been a struggle to maintain steady walking if I'd have been higher up on the fells themselves. Despite that; as I was walking along the path above the road, I talked to two separate and clearly well equipped couples who both commented on (our) disbelief that so many clearly under equipped groups were still intent on taking young kids up Cat Bells in these conditions. As one guy said to me "if the authorities new that people were putting their kids in that sort of danger at home, the kids would be taken off them".
Cat Bells may be seen by some people as a soft option, and a family fell, but anyone who has been up there during strong winds, when the rocks are wet and slippery, will know just how difficult the final section of the fell can be.