Cat Bells 31st March 2009.

This was a circular walk I did from Swinside Farm House where I staying, up to Hawes End and over Cat Bells then down to Hause Gate where I turned right and basically followed Yewthwaite Gill and turned right along the path to Skelgill. Here I took the road to Stair where I took the road back to Swinside.

Rowling End, Causey Pike and Barrow
The view to Rowling End, Causey Pike, Outerside, (I think) and Barrow.

 

Skelgill Bank.
Skelgill Bank. I saw a red squirrel in the garden of Swinside Lodge, (which is now behind me) but was not quick enough to get a photo of it.

 

The hairpin bend near Hawes End. The fells in the background are L to R, Barrow Barf, Swinside and Skiddaw.
The hairpin bend near Hawes End. The fells in the background are L to R, Barrow Barf, Swinside and Skiddaw.

 

Derwent Bay and Derwentwater from the path up to Skelgill Bank.
Derwent Bay and Derwentwater from the path up to Skelgill Bank.

 

Swinside.
Swinside.

 

The path to Skelgill Bank.
The path to Skelgill Bank.

 

Sail? Rowling End, Causey Pike, Outerside, Grisedale Pike and Barrow.
The view to the right of the path showing Sail? Rowling End, Causey Pike, Outerside, Grisedale Pike and Barrow. If I am wrong please email me to let me know.

 

Another view of Barrow, Seat How, Barf, Bass Lake, Swinside, Dodd with Skiddaw in the clouds.
Another view of Barrow, Seat How, Barf, Bass Lake, Swinside, Dodd with Skiddaw in the clouds. I can see where I was staying from here. Place your curser over the image to see where.

 

Another view towards Skelgill Bank.
Another view towards Skelgill Bank.

 

Looking back towards Derwentwater and Keswick
And looking back.

 

Skelgill Bank, Cat Bells and Maiden Moor.
Skelgill Bank, Cat Bells and Maiden Moor.

 

The path to Cat Bells with Maiden Moor and Hindscarth behind.
The path to Cat Bells with Maiden Moor and Hindscarth behind.

 

The road to the left below goes to Grange.
The road to the left below goes to Grange.

 

Maiden Moor, Hindscarth, Robinson and the Newlands Pass.
Maiden Moor, Hindscarth, Robinson and the Newlands Pass.

 

Looking back.
Looking back.

 

The view to Keswick with Skiddaw and Blencathra in the cloud beyond.
The view to Keswick with Skiddaw and Blencathra in the cloud beyond.

 

Barrow, Barf, Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw.
Barrow, Barf, Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw.

 

Getting a bit closer to Cat Bells summit now.
Getting a bit closer to Cat Bells summit now.

 

The view back.
The view back.

 

A wider view back
Another view back.

 

Near to Cat Bells summit
Nearly there.

 

The view from the summit.
The view from the summit.

 

Maiden Moor and Hindscarth from Cat Bells summit.
Looking towards Maiden Moor and Hindscarth from Cat Bells summit.

 

Walkers consuming refreshments on Cat Bells summit
High tea perhaps.

 

Derwentwater from the summit.
Derwentwater from the summit.

 

The author on the Cat Bells summit
It is I on the summit. Or should that be high.

 

Little Town way down in the valley.
Little Town way down in the valley.

 

Maiden Moor, Hindscarth and Robinson with Little Town bottom right of photo.
Maiden Moor, Hindscarth and Robinson with Little Town bottom right of photo.

 

The view into Borrowdale from Hause Gate.
The view into Borrowdale from Hause Gate. I decended to the right here. Castle Crag in the haze is just to the right of centre.

 

Looking back to Cat Bells.
Looking back to Cat Bells.

 

Crystal clear rock pool on the descent
One of the crystal clear rock pools I came across on the descent.

 

Yewthwaite Gill winding down the valley
Yewthwaite Gill winding down the valley through the disused mining area on it's way to join Newlands Beck.

 

Old mining scars
Old mining scars.

 

Looking across the hill side. Cat Bells is high up to the right.
Looking across the hill side. Cat Bells is high up to the right.

 

Scar Crags and Causey Pike
Scar Crags and Causey Pike I believe.

 

A footbridge across the Yewthwaite Gill
A footbridge across the Yewthwaite Gill although not shown on the map.

 

Yewthwaite Gill
The power of water.

 

Crystal clear water
Crystal clear.

 

The view back up the Gill.
The view back up the Gill.

 

Some of the mining debris.
Some of the mining debris.

 

Hillside and pasture separated by dry stone walling
Hillside and pasture separated by dry stone walling.

 

The path to Skelgill with Skiddaw in the distance.
The path to Skelgill with Skiddaw in the distance.

 

View showing Barrow, Barf, Bass Lake and Swinside with the Skiddaw massif behind.
View showing Barrow, Barf, Bass Lake and Swinside with the Skiddaw massif behind.

 

Rowling End, the lower slopes of Causey Pike, Outerside, Grisedale Pike in the centre, and Barrow.
I had problems figuring out what the fells were in this picture as it's nearly 18 months since I did this walk. So I asked Roger and Ann Hiley of Loweswatercam who very kindly helped me out by identifying them. They are Rowling End, the lower slopes of Causey Pike, Outerside, Grisedale Pike in the centre, and Barrow.

 

Looking back to Skelgill, Skelgill Bank and Cat Bells from the road to Stair.
Looking back to Skelgill, Skelgill Bank and Cat Bells from the road to Stair.

 

Looking towards Stair with Barrow behind.
Looking towards Stair with Barrow behind.

 

Approaching Stair.
Approaching Stair.

 

2 young lambs and their mother grazing
A couple of nearly brand new locals and their mum in a field on the way back to Swinside.

Camera: Canon Digital IXUS 850 IS.

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