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Catbells Lakeland Walk

Keswick, England
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Popular yet still beautiful walk on the fells

A fairly easy walk with great views down on Derwent Water. Connects up nicely with a boat trip... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Peterborough, United Kingdom
Amazing views, bit scary

There are some great views from the top but it's not a straight forward path and it's very rocky in... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A fairly easy walk with great views down on Derwent Water. Connects up nicely with a boat trip across Derwent Water from Keswick but remember the last boat departs around 5pm !

Thank JonathanRippon
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

There are some great views from the top but it's not a straight forward path and it's very rocky in places so sturdy boots required and recommend walking with someone not solo.

Thank Nishma8
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wonderful walk! Tough but worth it. We did this walk the opposite way to suggested and we are glad we did! It was easier and fun. We felt exhilarated. Make sure you do it on a clear day xx

Thank deborah w
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sharp climb, up with worthwhile views of the northern lakes. You can complete in half a day, and perfect for slipping in a meaningful walk when you only have part of days good weather. Path is rocky and slippery when wet. Compact peak - but...More

Thank Kit O
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked up Catbells on our recent trip to Keswick. Was a glorious day with great views of Derwent Water and Skiddaw. Also heard a cuckoo, and saw woodpeckers and a Tree creeper too.

Thank ShropshireFoodie101
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

First encountered the delights of Cat Bells (definitely two words not one!) in 1988 having climbed Skiddaw that morning and enjoyed a very liquid lunch in Keswick in between. This time around, Cat Bells was going to be sufficient exercise and so it proved on...More

Thank RobinB1957
Reviewed 1 week ago

A steep climb but a short one where from the top amazing views of the lake and surrounding landscape.All ages ,all abilities seemed to be taking the climb in.....the only issue was finding a parking space in the lane at the bottom which,I should imagine...More

1  Thank S O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice walk/hike. Accessible to families and people with limited mobility. Slowly and steady walk up hill to see amazing views of derwentwater and the mountains

Thank Catia F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Catbells was easy enough to get to, a short trip over the river and then a climb to the top. The start of the ascent was easy enough, there are places to stop on the way up to catch your breath and take in the...More

1  Thank pennybaker42
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The pathways have been developed since my last visit to Catbells although necessary for conservation this has made it a tricky climb up in places. The rocky climb to the top challenges strength and balance. Fantastic views and fresh air at the top but it...More

Thank Heleninium
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Nicola D
Hi, could you let me know how long it takes to climb. Also, would you say the vies could be better in the morning or afternoon? Thank you .
22 January 2017|
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Response from gjlzy | Reviewed this property |
Hi, sorry I've only just replied I've been busy. The actual walk up Cat Bells took roughly two hours. That's with a 10 & 7 yo. We took a boat from derwent water and a another back, so the whole trip was a good mornings... More
tim f
If, as you say, it is worth every step, why not 5 stars? You point out the sections from the north which require a scramble, no big deal, that would not warrant a loss of stars since this section is avoidable, you are reviewing the walk, not its ease or accessibility per se. So why not 5 stars?
22 November 2016|
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Response from johnsanders77 | Reviewed this property |
Hi - the only reason it loses one star is the amount of people there - being one of the most popular walks in the Lake district has the downside of having to stop and let a lot of people passed - this of course is not really... More
Hi, is there a name for the car park at Hawes End? We are meeting up there as a group to walk and don't know what to put in our satnavs. If you could help that would be great thanks. Thanks Clare
22 August 2016|
Response from gbmacham | Reviewed this property |
It's just up the road from the Hawes End Outdoor Centre, whose postcode is Ca12 5ub. It only holds about 10 cars, but if you carry on along the road between the mountain and the lake, there are numerous roadside parking... More