Seatoller to Keswick via Catbells

  • Bus from Keswick to Seatoller
  • Explore this craggy and wooded valley
  • Options to climb Catbells & Castle Crag

I use this walk in one of the most popular walking holidays that we sell. Sticking to the west side of the valley avoids the busy Borrowdale road and still has a number of variables; options that either keep to the higher ground of Catbells, the beautiful wooded path along the shores of Derwentwater or even a short sharp climb up Castle Crag with its glorious views down Derwentwater. A boat trip across Derwentwater  offers a fitting conclusion to an excellent day out.

Recommend: The valley always makes me feel a little hemmed in, the steep sided hills adding an almost claustrophobic feel which is why it is so lovely to take in one or more of the small fells enroute.

Transport: The 77A (Honister Explorer) leaves Keswick bus station at 9.20, 11.05 and 13.30 every day till the 31 October. It takes 30 minutes to Seatoller.

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Start Point: From the car park in Seatoller where the bus drops you continue through the hamlet up hill for 100 metres before a path is signposted on the right steeply uphill. Sonn the path turns right and flattens out.
Height to Climb: 504 ms (1633 feet) via Catbells but not Castle Crag
Terrain: The walking is on excellent and obvious paths throughout.
Eating & Drinking: There is certainly the chance of enjoying a cup of tea or a lunchtime pint in Grange at the Borrowdale Gates Hotel or local tea shop. Otherwise the route does not pass any refreshment .
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  1. Mountain Mike says:

    Here we are today in Rosthwaite todays target Castle Crag,one of Wainwrights faveroute walks really not a Mountain but a beautiful place,as per Julia Bradburys recommendation.A bit small target for Gav and myself but as we have just arrived in The Lakes a little warm up for tomorrow Grisedale Pike.Conditions are very wet under foot,weather seems fair for the time of year and certainly mild.We leave the National Trust car park lol,fee a bit high nb park the other side of the wall.Gav and I head towards the river and we are soon heading towards Castle Crag and within half an hour we have skirted past our target take a few photographs and set off a few hundred metres and we are below Castle Crag its a lovely part of The Borrowdale Valley,a few more pictures taken and a few chats to passers by and we head up to Hamers seat its lunch time.15 minutes and we head for the top,this s a magical place stones stood to attention just below the summit and when you reach the top there are fantastic views of Keswick and another plaque with Sir William Hamer on it,a good few pictures taken and as the rain starts we head of back down just a little way as a stile offers a short cut back to Rosthwaite a nice little short walk …… it will inspire you.

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