2nd July 2009

An evening with Cat Bells to myself


Walk Overview
Time 17.40 to 17.20
Duration 1 hr 40 min
Distance 3.1 mile
Ascent 1100 ft
Walking with On my own
Gutherscale - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - Yewthwaite Gill - 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

Today was forecasted to be the last day of decent weather, so not wanting to miss it altogether, I had an evening walk up Cat Bells. I'm so please I came here instead of any of the other places I had in mind because surprisingly, I ended up having the place to myself. The only other person I saw was a lady setting off for a run just as I got back to the car.

With hardly any height gained at all the views were already beginning to open up.

Derwent Water, Keswick, Lonscale Fell, Latrigg, Blencathra, Clough Head and Walla Crag.

A close up of Keswick Launch.

What a great way to spend an evening, even though it was red hot waking up here. And as seen as though I'd stopped for a drink, I may as well sit down and take this picture looking across Derwent Water to Bleaberry Fell and High Seat.

Looking back down the path on Cat Bells.

And now the view ahead.


The final section of path leading to the summit appears to be much further than it actually is. With no one to stop and talk to other than myself (doesn't everyone do that), a steady plod took me to the summit in about 20 minutes from here.

Lakeland at it's best. I'll bet there are more than just a few holiday makers who are pleased they chose this week to visit the Lake District.

I took this picture on the other side of the summit just before I headed down to the right towards Yewthwaite Gill.

And from the same spot, a close up of Grange and a small section of Borrowdale.

Back at valley level now (well almost), in the area of Yewthwaite Mines.

The footbridge over an extremely dry Yewthwaite Gill.

No matter how many times I walk along this path above Newands Valley I still enjoy it just as much as I did the first time I came here.

And a picture taken a little further along the path, with Hindscarth and Robinson dominating the head of the valley.

All to soon I reached the road above Skelgill where it's now only a short walk back to the car.

Well, that was a thoroughly enjoyable 1hr & 40 minutes of peace and quiet, gorgeous views and summer weather.
Time to go home for something to eat now.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks