Sharp, steep and sweet, Catbells fell walk in Keswick is a very rewarding climb which offers exceptional views of the surrounding Lake District.
At just 3.7 miles, the route is relatively short, but can be completed over several hours – or within two, if you prefer.
There are some minor ‘scramble’ sections, but nothing too taxing and you’ll find gentler paths to either side as an alternative, too.
Park your car at Hawse End and follow the posts signed “Catbells 1 mile”. This will take you along a narrow path which climbs up the hillside and round to the north ridge of the fell. Bear right onto the zigzagged trail which leads across the front of the ridge. Here you’ll find your first scramble, near the memorial stone. Before heading over Skelgill Bank, where the steep climb begins and you will find awkward bends and overhanging rock, which may require a little climbing dependent on your height.
As you near the top, you’ll find a range of paths ahead. But if you take the trail to the right, you will follow the easiest ascent to the top. Once you’ve reached the summit, you can continue to the Hause Gate Col, where you’ll find four further routes. If you take a left turn, you will drop down a steep set of engineered hillside steps and stroll over a knoll and bridleway before taking another left turn.
Here you will find yourself on a wide track which travels above the road and heads towards the north ridge of Catbells. Once you pass this point and reach the tarmac, you then simply need to turn left and then left again and you’ll find yourself back at the Hawse End car park.
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This is a gentle route from Keswick to Catbells with some scrambling and great walk for exploring the sights and sounds of the area with your canine companion in tow – offering easy access by car from our collection of Lake District cottages.