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This popular route up Cat Bells is one of the best walks in the Lake District – with huge views over Derwent Water, Keswick and the surrounding fells.
Cat Bells is a small hill that feels like a big mountain, with a perfectly shaped summit cone and a short rocky scramble near the top.
This is a popular walk with everyone from tourists to experienced hikers – and is often used is a starter peak for parents introducing their children to hill walking.
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Starting at the base Cat Bells and climbing steeply over Skelgill Bank, mountainous views quickly open up around you with the Newlands Horseshoe directly ahead and the Lake District’s shapely North-Western Fells to your right.
After bagging Cat Bells’ summit you continue onwards before dropping down towards beautiful Derwent Water at Hause Gate, then following an easy but spectacular footpath back to your start point.
This route was voted fourth in a 2017 ITV poll to find Britain’s Favourite Walk.
TOG VERDICT: Possibly England’s finest mini mountain – perfect for everyone from families to experienced fell walkers. We love it!