19th February 2017

Cat Bells and part of Derwent Water

Time am
Duration not sure
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent somewhere around 1400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Gutherscale - Skelgill Bank - Cat Bells - Hause Gate -path above Fellside & Brackenburn - Derwent Water Shore path - Haws End Outdoor Centre - 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


Newlands Valley (part of it) and Swinside seen as we begin the walk up Cat Bells.

Here's a close up of Derwent Isle.

Round the corner of the fell and Derwent Water comes into view along with Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell which is topped with cloud.

Behind us we look across to Rowling End, Causey Pike and Barrow.

A little higher up now and we look across to the northern fells. From here you'd think someone had drawn a line across the fells and coloured the top half in with a grey paint brush.

Angle wise this was the best I could do because of the very slippery rocks.

It was somewhere along this bit the drizzle started. It was being blown across from the Newlands Valley side of the fell so by the time we reached the summit, our right hand sides were soaked, while the left hand side was bone dry.

Looking back along the Skelgill Bank or if you like the first bell on Cat Bells.

Up in the cloud and drizzle on Cat Bells summit.

To give us a bit of shelter we opted to walk down the Borrowdale side of Cat Bells instead of the Newlands Valley side. Here we look down the zigzags through Hause Gate.
Hands up if you can remember before the pitched path was here and unless it was bone dry you had to slide down the short rocky section on your backside.


Heading down the track from the road to Derwent Water. I spy a bit of blue sky up there.

We reach Derwent Water at the jetty near Brandelhow Bay and this coincides with stomachs starting to rumble. Not a bad view while you're having something to eat.


Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell seen on t'other side of the lake.

WOW, these hands are really showing signs of decaying back to nature - - I could be wrong but I think that was the intention behind making them out of wood instead of stone or something.

This one's seen better days.

Looking up to Cat Bells and Old Brandelhow.

and to finish, we look across to Rowling End and Barrow. Causey Pike and Outerside are both topped with cloud.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks