Saturday, 1 July 2000

Cat Bells

Catbells from Friar's Crag
Height: 451m (1,480ft)
Prominence: 87m (285ft)
Region: North Western Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Toposcope
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
Cat Bells, Maiden Moor, High Spy & Castle Crag - 03/03/2018
A Newlands Round - 22/08/2014
The summit of Catbells looking towards the Newlands Valley
What Wainwright said:

"Catbells is one of the great favourites, a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together, a place beloved. Its popularity is well deserved; its shapely topknot attracts the eye offering a steep but obviously simple scramble to the summit".

Catbells is one of the most popular fells in the are, situated on the western shore of Derwent Water within 3 miles of Keswick.

The fell's unusual name may well have come from a distortion of "Cat Bields" meaning shelter of the wildcat, although this is not certain.

The summit is all rock with many loose stones lying amid the small outcrops. The view from the top of Catbells gives a fine panorama which is dominated by the aerial view of Derwentwater.

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