• Iconic fell of great character
  • Views over Derwentwater and Keswick
  • Beautifully shaped with sleek lines

1,481 ft. I am sure the Tourist Board will tell me otherwise but my guess is that there are more visitors to the summit of Catbells than any other fell in the Lakes. It is easy, accessible and commands excellent views over Derwentwater and Keswick. I have been up many times, both my children have been up and there is no doubt it is a great family fell (Lion & the Lamb, Gowbarrow and Hallin Fell likewise). The neat well formed summit area usually packed with folk of all ages. I am loath to decry Catbells except that the parking at the foot of the fell had become a nightmare and correctly, in my opinion, the National Park have restricted the normal start point to a few cars probably arriving pre 7am!

The walk I have described goes from Little Town and has the advantage of a different descent to ascent and a walk along the flanks of Catbells with commanding views over the lovely valley of Newlands. The climb itself though should be done from the front (the north) along the perfectly formed ridge; split neatly in to 2 stages and peaking out on the lovely summit. Then carry on over the summit to the col and take one of the myriad of paths that zig zag down the fell side to join the original path. Catbells is enjoyable at any time of life.

Recommend: With the car parking problems at the foot of Catbells the singular best way of climbing the fell is by ferry from Keswick to the Hawse End landing stage.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 232193. Little Town. There is parking just the far side of Little Town with the track to Catbells signposted from the village on the right.
Height to Climb: 301 ms (987 feet)
Terrain: Well used paths which are loose and eroded. However it is more slippy than ankle turning. The route is easy to follow.
Eating & Drinking: During the summer months enjoy the tea shop at Littletown Farm whilst the Swinside Inn is a good Lakeland pub with food, beer and stunning views.
Similar Walks Nearby: Barrow from Braithwaite
The Flanks of Newlands
Walla Crag and Surprise View
Places to Stay:


Mary Mount, DerwentwaterLittletown Guest House


Croft House Cottages, nr Keswick