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Cat Bells

Latest Walk- Hutton Roof Crags and Farleton Fell

Another short walk,up Cat Bells, or is it Catbells but one that can easily be extended in the direction of Buttermere. When we did this walk last month, it was a beautifully clear winters day with a stunning view of Skiddaw and Keswick to the north. For the quick of eye, we also saw roe deer and red squirrel
Distance - 6.05 kilometers, 453 meters ascent
Terrain - well defined path throughout, with an uphill slog at first
Map OL4 - buy it here from Amazon
Refreshments - take a flask and sandwiches and sit at the lakeside picnic tables in the afternoon sun. If you don't want to do that, there are plenty of places to eat and drink in Keswick
Parking - there are parking spaces in Swinside village and at the side of the road above Brandlehow Park

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1 - From wherever you have parked the car, either in Swinside or along the road, you need to find the obvious footpath where the end of the ridge crosses the road. From here, a stony path leads uphill, past a plaque commemorating Thomas Arthur Leonard, one of the founders of co-operative and communal holidays. Above this a number of times the walk breaks out into a little scramble. Take time to look behind you to the views of Skiddaw and Keswick. After a while the path levels out to a pleasant broad ridge, then rises again to the summit of Cat Bells, which, if it is not too windy, offers a superb view while you eat lunch, then carry on as the path starts to descend From wherever you have parked the car, either in Swinside or along the road, you need to find the obvious footpath where the end of the ridge crosses the road. From here, a stony path leads uphill, past a plaque commemorating Thomas Arthur Leonard, one of the founders of co-operative and communal holidays. Above this a number of times the walk breaks out into a little scramble. Take time to look behind you to the views of Skiddaw and Keswick. After a while the path levels out to a pleasant broad ridge, then rises again to the summit of Cat Bells, which, if it is not too windy, offers a superb view while you eat lunch, then carry on as the path starts to descend

2 - Before the ridge starts to rise again to Maiden Moor and High Spy, take the fork to the left that leads back down to the valley, which can be quite steep and rough at times. When you come to a track heading back north up the valley, carry on a few yards then go downhill along the stonewall that leads to the road.

3 -  Cross the road and take the broad path through the bracken to the gate that leads into Brandlehow Park, and quickly takes to to the shore of the lake

4 - Here a convenient picnic area by a landing stage offers a place to sit and rest under the trees whilst finishing the contents of your flasks. The walk continues along the shore of the lake, then through a gate that takes you on to a surfaced driveway. You may see roe deer on the in the woods above you on the left. The driveway passes a number of buildings then returns you to the road, so you can return to your car

Remember to look at the view behind you as you climb from Swinside

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© Mike Leech 2016