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Catbells Lakeland Walk, Portinscale

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Hike the rolling green lakeside hills of Catbells Lakeland Walk. This 6.5 km (4 mi) walk snakes through the Lake District National Park, providing dramatic views of the Lakeland Fell and the Derwentwater lakeshores. Walk from the nearby Keswick town center or catch a boat across the lake to the start of the trail. The hike can be steep in some parts, so if you're feeling tired, opt to take a bus back to the town center. With our world travel planner, Portinscale attractions like Catbells Lakeland Walk can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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Catbells Lakeland Walk reviews

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  • A wonderful family/ introductory fell, with wonderful views over Derwentwater and over to Newlands Valley. Cannot count how many times I’ve walked up this lovely and now very familiar fell over the... 
    A wonderful family/ introductory fell, with wonderful views over Derwentwater and over to Newlands Valley. Cannot count how many times I’ve walked up this lovely and now very familiar fell over the...  more »
  • Tried to get to summit in 2019 but wee beaten by the wind, however this time made it all the way to the summit. 
    Tried to get to summit in 2019 but wee beaten by the wind, however this time made it all the way to the summit.  more »
  • We did this with our 12yo and 8yo. Started from the north and descending on the south. The car park at Gutherscale is very small so park along the lay-by leading to Gutherscale Lodge. Do NOT park on.....  more
    We did this with our 12yo and 8yo. Started from the north and descending on the south. The car park at Gutherscale is very small so park along the lay-by leading to Gutherscale Lodge. Do NOT park on.....  more »
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  • Nice circular route with great views. Good walk for most dogs, easy route to follow. We went down to the lakeside, makes the walk a wee bit longer but gives you 2 different types of scenery vistas.
  • We had an amazing hike in Catbells and it was one of the best hikes we did in the Lake district. This hike was a full of spectacular views overlooking the Derwentwater and the range of magical mountains in Lake District. The hike was quite an easy one and we did as a preparation for the Helvellyn hike we are planning to do in next couple of days. We parked the car in Hawes end car park. Make sure not to park your Car along the double yellow lines, no matter how tempting you are, you will definitely get a parking ticket. I saw many Cars got parking tickets just because they wanted to save £5 of the Car park. Make sure to keep only footsteps and take only photos /memories. Thanks Lake District 😊
  • Fairly easy walk for beginners and it’ll take about an hour up and less than that coming down, if you’re fairly fit There’s parking right at the starting point, (the side facing the lake) so if you can get that then it’s literally a few steps to the starting point (which slights right, up the hill) The views are spectacular and there’s nothing like a short hike to end your day! You can do a circular route and come down the shorter but less scenic view and really complete this miniature mountain If you’re with the family and they’re not up for running across striding edge with you then this scenic route will get everyone out and wanting to climb
  • We had an amazing walk up Cat Bells mainly due to the good weather, it was one of the best hikes we did in the Lake district. The path is easy to follow and fairly easy with spectacular views overlooking Derwent Water and hills in the Lake District. Plenty of options for a circular walk.
  • We are 60+ yrs of age and reasonably fit. We caught the ferry from Keswick to Hawes End and it was about 5-10 minute walk from there to the start of Catbells walk. Although the sign says it's an hour up...I suggest you allow extra time for numbers on the path and different paces of climbing the short rocky areas, photos, chatting with others on the path etc. If you are not a keen uphill walker or feel unsteady on short rocky parts then there is a great viewing spot from about half way up!! The views were fabulous and worthy of the walk!!

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