OS grid reference NY 244-199
You can board one of the launches going anti-clockwise around Derwentwater at Keswick Boat Landings and get off at Hawes End. You then walk through the woods away from the landing stage and out onto the road at the metal gateway…
You can board one of the launches going anti-clockwise around Derwentwater at Keswick Boat Landings and get off at Hawes End. You then walk through the woods away from the landing stage and out onto the road at the metal gateway. Slightly to your right, cross the road by the metal fence and follow the stone wall up to the next road. Follow the road uphill, over the cattle grid, for fifty yards where the start of the ridge is visible. Follow the signs directing you to the start of the footpath where a steady climb, sometimes over rocks but no-where at all dangerous, takes you up the summit. To get there by car, leave Keswick by the A66 in the direction of Workington. Drive on to Portinscale and follow the road through woods to reach a fork in the road. Bear left towards Grange and on the upper hairpin bend bear right on the Skelgill minor road. There is a small car park on the left but parking is VERY limited and new restrictions are now in force. From the car park walk back to the main road and the start of the footpath is on your right.
What to Shoot
Where the path reaches a minor summit, there are fine views looking down along Skelgill Bank across to Skiddaw and Blencathra. The path from here to the summit is covered in rocky outcrops which make a great lead into a shot of the summit rocks themselves with the Newlands valley down below on the right. These outcrops are particularly attractive in winter when they are covered in frost.
The view from the top of Catbells gives a fine panorama which is dominated by the aerial view of Derwentwater. Bassenthwaite Lake, the Newlands Valley, Skiddaw, Blencathra and Keswick all show well to the north, while the view south has a fine vista of Borrowdale. Newlands valley lies to the west and it has several impressive summits with Causey Pike particularly drawing the eye. There are views to the east across Derwentwater where the cliffs of Walla Crag and Falcon Crag are impressive.