Catbells is a fell in the Lake District and has a
modest height of 451 metres (1,480 ft) but despite this it is one of the
most popular fells in the area.
It is situated on the western
shore of Derwent Water within 3 miles (5 km) of the busy tourist town of
Keswick. Its distinctive shape catches the attention of many visitors to
the Lakes who feel compelled to climb to the summit after seeing it from
the viewpoint of Friars Crag on the opposite side of Derwent Water.
Catbells is the last fell on the ridge separating Derwent Water from
the Newlands valley
and rises due south from Hawse End, reaching the summit in
two distinct steps.The lower top is named Skelgill Bank.
the summit of Catbells is the steep sided depression of Hause Gate,
before the ridge broadens and twists south westward to Maiden Moor.
The summit is all rock with many loose stones lying amid the small
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 and Keswick all show
well to the north, while the view south has a fine vista of Borrowdale.
Nearly all ascents of Catbells start from Hawse End at the foot of
the northern ridge where there is car parking here but the spaces soon
get taken on busy summer days.
Hawse End is also served by the
Derwent Water Motor Launch and this enables visitors to Keswick to
combine a sail on the lake with an ascent of the fell.
walkers who reach the top of Catbells return to their starting point
after admiring the view.
However, strong walkers can continue
along the ridge to take in the fells of Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale
Head, Hindscarth and Robinson to give a horseshoe walk which ends in the
Newlands valley close to Hawse End.
Walking routes near