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A Wainwright Walk with Julia Bradbury: Catbells

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A Wainwright Walk with Julia Bradbury: Catbells
Alfred Wainwright and his pictorial guides of Lakeland Fells are now synonymous with the Lake District.

One of the fells in the guides is Catbells that stands proudly alongside Derwentwater in the northern lakes. Its distinctive ridge is what makes it so recognisable and this walk takes you up on to it.

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Our route starts where the boats across Derwentwater drop you off. If you decided to travel to the start by car – you will be able to pick up our route a little further along the trail.

We start by following the gentle path up through the woodland before the path splits in two. We’re following the path northwards here, taking the engineered zigzags.

Just before we reach the plateau the path is interrupted with a short scramble – but then we’re off onto that distinctive Catbells ridge with one last climb up to the summit. The views from here are breathtaking!

Our walk finishes on the summit so you will either need to retrace your steps back down the Fell or consult your map to take you on to your next destination.

This walk featured in the BBC series Wainwright Walks which was presented by Julia.

Alfred Wainwright’s verdict: 
“Even the name has a magic challenge to it.

Carpark: Catbell Parking

trainNearest Train (or tube) Station(s):
Penrith

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Tips for New Walkers: click here to download (PDF).

Remember to prepare properly before heading out on any type of walk or outdoor activity. Tell people where you are going and what time you are expected back. As Wainwright says "There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing".