Catbells - Route One


Start - Gutherscale NY 244 210 Distance - 1 mile Ascent - 1,000 feet Time - 55 minutes



Gutherscale car park at the foot of Catbell's north ridge
Looking back along the path from the car park
Skiddaw from the foot of the north ridge
The path from the car park joins the main path which rises from the road above Hawse End
The path climbs over four distinctive 'bumps' on the lower part of the ridge affording ever widening views, this wooded hill being Swinside
Looking down to Hawes End from the top of the second 'bump'
Across the Newlands Valley to Outerside, Grisedale Pike and Barrow
Across Derwent Water to Walla Crag
Looking up to the third 'bump'
Looking towards Borrowdale
Looking down the path from the top of the third 'bump'
Causey Pike across the Newlands Valley
Bassenthwaite Lake
Lonscale Fell and Blencathra
Looking up to the fourth 'bump' with the summit of Catbells on the left
The view opens up on reaching the fairly level part of the ridge named Skelgill Bank
Looking back on the route from the top of Skelgill Bank
The upper Newlands Valley dominated by Robinson with the cloud covered Western Fells above Newlands Hause
Causey Pike and beyond, the ridge leading to Eel Crag
Continuing on the path along Skelgill Bank
Blencathra across Derwent Water, the cloud covering the summit never quite lifted during this walk
Little Town at the foot of Looking Crag with the Scope End ridge in the centre rising to Hindscarth
Looking back along Skelgill Bank, more cloud drifting over Skiddaw
Approaching the last of the three depressions on Skelgill Bank, this one has a cross-ridge path between Brandelhow and Skelgill running over it
Looking back along the full length of Skelgill Bank
Hindscarth over Knott End from the end of Skelgill Bank
The ridge leading to the summit from the end of Skelgill Bank
Halfway up the ridge looking down on Skelgill Bank
Looking from the ridge across Derwent Water to Blencathra
Hindscarth and Robinson from the ridge
The final rocky tower leading to the summit
Almost at the top looking down the ridge to Skelgill Bank
Skiddaw from the summit of Catbells
Blencathra and Derwent Water
Walla Crag and Clough Head
Bleaberry Fell with Great Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd on the skyline
High Seat with Raise, White Side, Catstycam, Helvellyn and Nethermost Pike on the skyline
Borrowdale and Grange Fell with Ullscarf and High Raise on the skyline
Tree covered Castle Crag, the smallest of the Wainwrights, in the centre backed by Glaramara
Maiden Moor with Dale Head on the right horizon
Hindscarth and Robinson
Red Pike and Starling Dodd beyond Newlands Hause
Aikin Knott and Ard Crags above Birkrigg Farm with Whiteless Pike, Wandope, Eel Crag, Sail and Scar Crags on the skyline
Causey Pike and Grisedale Pike
The lower part of the Newlands Valley and Bassenthwaite Lake



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