North Western Lake District

Route: Catbells

Area: North Western Lake District

Date of walk: 3rd October 2013

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 7.5 miles

Ascent: 1,300 feet

It was another rainy start as I left Nichol End Marine to walk along the Cumbria Way, heading south along the shore of Derwent Water

I arrived at the foot of Catbells and views of the lake soon opened out – not very well sadly, as it was misty with low cloud, but at least the rain had stopped by this point

There are two of three scrambly sections up the delightful ridge. Hands are needed in places and I took extra care as the wet rock was very slippery

The summit of the fell affords some of the best views in the district when it’s clear. Today it wasn’t, but nevertheless it was a grand place to be

I descended towards Maiden Moor, then turned back to walk along the lower flanks of Catbells. The rest of the walk was along quiet paths and lanes. I was glad I’d made the effort, as Catbells and the Newlands Valley are beautiful whatever the weather

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