3rd June 2008

An evening on Cat Bells


Walk Overview
Time 18.00 to 19.30
Duration 1hr 30 min
Distance 2.7 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Gutherscale - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - Mart Bield - track above Newlands Valley - Skelgill - 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

Heading from the car park near Gutherscale to the main ridge path.

Derwent Water, Keswick, Skiddaw Lower Man, Lonscale Fell, Latrigg and Blencathra.

Cat Bells.

The view back across the ridge to the northern fells.


A few pictures of Derwent Water today I'm afraid.

And another one, this one with Bleaberry Fell, High Seat and the tops of the eastern fells behind.


Standing on the summit now and looking down to Borrowdale and across to Maiden Moor.

A close up of Brandelhow Point.


Looking back along the path I followed back down to the valley.

Feeding time on the fells.

Almost down to Newlands Valley now, where a straightforward track takes you back to the car park at Gutherscale.



Longer shadows on the walk towards Skelgill.

And looking back, towards Hindscarth and Robinson.

Blencathra, seen between some trees above Skelgill.

If certain people had had the common sense to do this in the first place, then there would have been no need to put up a series of these intrusive, bright yellow signs along what used to be a lovely stretch of road between Portinscale and the bottom of Cat Bells. One of the other signs was asking "walkers" to park "respectfully" because people actually "live / work here". I'm sure all those selfish people who couldn't care less where they park in the Lake District, would be the first ones to complain if someone dared to leave a car on the pavement or blocking their driveway at home.

I just hope the message on this sign doesn't turn out to be a false threat.
Obviously removing the obstruction caused by the cars is a good thing, but some may argue that the signs look worse than all the cars which normally line the road. A more 'picturesque' option would have been to place large stones across the front of all the usual places that people tend to leave their cars. If there simply isn't anywhere to park then the problem is solved and anyone wishing to walk up Cat Bells would need to use the correct car park or if that was full, do the same as the rest of us and have a long walk in from a suitable place.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks