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Name:Catbells
Hill number:2490
Height:451m / 1480ft
Parent (Ma):2400  Dale Head
RHB Section:34B: Lake District - Central & Western Fells
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - North Western Fells
County/UA:Cumbria (CoU)
Catchment:Derwent (Workington)
Class:Tump (400-499m), Wainwright, Birkett, Synge, Fellranger
(Tu,4,W,B,Sy,Fel)
Grid ref:NY 24409 19861
Summit feature:rock
Drop:87m
Col:364m  NY244191  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 89 90
(1:25k) OL4S
Observations:tiny flat cairn no longer exists
Survey:obvious summit
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 1702 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
With Liradierobynetzan20/04/2019
First visit to the Lakes and first Insta-meet. More importantly first Wainwright!Sockpan23/03/2019
with Andrew GDave Sargent14/03/2019
I climbed Catbells after a boat ride. It was very cold but William and me enjoyed itMollyb07/03/2019
It was a bitterly cold winters deat but wevdroive from Crawshawbooth all the way to Keswick to climb this hill as I am going up Snowdon next month. It was fun playing in the snow.Williamr07/03/2019
Ascent via hawes end from little town. Easy paths to follow and minor scrambling to the summit. Great weather and company. With Richie.Zoe Little24/02/2019
After a change of plan as we were going to do Ravens crag. Parked near Hawes end as close to the fell as possible. Off we went and soon got cracking views following the north ridge this is still one of my favourite fells despite its size and popularity. Soon we were at the summit after Bec helping a lady on her first solo walk up the ice. Again amazing views from the summit and the first time seeing the new trig column but not a fan. The views however were stunning and did not disappoint. We carried on before heading down left towards Derwentwater, by now the sun had come out and beautiful blue skies. Once down and after a hot chocolate on an amazing stone bench with breath-taking views we took a detour down to the water to Brandelhow Jetty. What a good move this turned out to be, through the amazing forest along the waters edge on the jetty’s and sat on the bench watching. After this we stopped on the way home for tea at the Watermill had pint of Collie WobblerScotty 2 Hotty02/02/2019
Solo walkcbarbrook27/01/2019
Walked over Skelgill Bank, Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth, High Crags, Red Knott and Scope EndCap_Thunderbolt11/01/2019
Catbells from the Mary Mount Hotelsms.3729/12/2018
Skelgill Bank, Catbells, High Crags, Maiden Moor, High Spy North Top, High Spy, Castle Cragkeithouk28/12/2018
Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy North Top, High Spy, 10m RouteJephcote8322/12/2018
RMC SheilaS01/12/2018
Quick up and backrossdrummond09/11/2018
Second round of Wainwrights. Circular walk from Little Town with Dave and LF. Route was Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth, Robinson. Grey morning but sunny warm afternoon and clear sunset. Wet underfoot after heavy rain the previous daySkip214/10/2018
Second round of Wainwrights. Circular walk from Little Town with Dave and LF. Route was Skelgill Bank, Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy, Dale Head, Hindscarth, and Robinson. Overcast morning but increasingly sunny afternoon and a clear sunset. Wet underfoot in parts after heavy rain the day before.Skip14/10/2018
With Caro and Nicky & Lloyd Barclay. Launch to High Brandlehow. Ascent from south. Launch back to Keswick from Hawes EndHollowLegs17/09/2018
with nicAbiD10/09/2018
With Sue from Portinscale, unusually deserted summit for a Bank Holiday weekend. Very wet and cold. Return along side of hill path to Lingholme.Frank24/08/2018
Catbells and Maiden Moor between the showers with Jasmine.jonesthesteam28/07/2018
With Bryher. From Gt Gable to Cat Bells. Very quiet for most of the way.jenx19/07/2018
Newlands Horseshoe trail runmaaaaaaaatty11/07/2018
10/10 The Newlands Watershed walk (in reverse). From Maiden Moor. Finally, the last Wainwright but not the end of the walk... still had to follow the ridge back down to the car. Finished walk about 21:30. In total 16.04 miles, 5505ft ascent/descent but most difficult thing was the heat and lack of water. Although I took 3ltr with me... I swallowed the last of the water on Catbells... I had more in the car waiting for me. Causey Pike>Scar Crags>Ard Crags>Knott Rigg>Robinson>Hindscarth>Dale Head>High Spy>Maiden Moor>CatbellsNorthernWayfarer08/07/2018
Circular run from Hawes End. Very hot and sunny.davepeel04/07/2018
with H, E, her boyfriend, brother’s family (minus M), Catherine, Wendy B and Dave. A hot one. Beautiful as expected!niallp03/07/2018
Up from Howes endTigger424210/06/2018
From P @ NY231193. I must have visited the top at some stage in the previous 50 years but I had no specific recollection. Interesting to see just how busy this hill can get - it was the occasion of the Keswick Mountain Festival so in the 20 minutes spent on the summit I encountered dozens of walkers and trotters sporting event numbers.summitsup09/06/2018
Parked at Hawse End at 10:30 and walked up Catbells then across Maiden Moor. Not possible to identify the summit, lunch on Blea Crag then on to Spy head, Walked back via Rigghead Quarries and Castle Crag then following the low route to Hawse End again. Back at 17:30karentracey14/05/2018
Forgot to log date of ascent from Hawse End last year so wnt up again from Little Town - very quiet ascent until meeting the madding crowds on top.Neilb13/05/2018
Fine day with Lynn, Cec, Jen + the kidsnix_snilloc05/05/2018
From Keswick via the launch https://wp.me/p8k0KU-A7LaurenExplores30/04/2018
On Derwentwater Dawdde eventHillsidenick28/04/2018
TWA Fell RaceLittledave21/04/2018
Catballs with Trish, Joanna, Kristie and Georgia. Trish fannied out tho, as it was a bit much for her.DAB8120/04/2018
From High Spy and Dalehead.Lykewake4214/04/2018
Whilst Jen practiced for the Keswick Half Marathon, up with Bryher speedily from Lingholm Kitchennordicstar27/03/2018
From SwinsideCyclistno125/02/2018
From Portinscale road. Snow & ice on final summit sectionkeithpostie09/02/2018
christopherpenningto16/01/2018
First mountain with RobHarrismiles 30/12/2017
Catbells with the famliysms.3727/10/2017
Walk from caravan site with Therese and dogs. Nice day, usual wind on top.Petem0hqo05/10/2017
Catbells, Maiden Moor with a detour to Bull Crag, High Spy with a detour to Blea Crag, Dale Head, Hindscarth, Robinson, Knott Rigg via High Snockrigg, Moss Force Waterfall & Newlands Hause finishing on Arg Crag dropping down to Rigg Beck then following the road to Rowling End Farm before urning off onto the public footpath to Skelgill then back to the car.Stu Percival26/09/2017
(Walkers with) Torun Mcmoran, Caitlin Powell, Amy Statter. (Parking/Start point) Keswick Theatre by the lake - Keswick boat launch - Hawes End - Skelgill Bank - Catbells - Manesty - Great Bay - Mary Mount Hotel - Lodore boat launch - Keswick.redbob17/09/2017
Warm clear day. No wind, even at the summit. More scrambly than expected but really fun. Walked with OH and sons (12 & 14). Our second ever fell.WendyWozEre20/08/2017
AA Walks: Simply Cat Bells. Charlie and Devons first fells.ianwkitson27/07/2017
Rosthwaite - Lingy Bank - Castle Crag - Hollows Farm - Manesty - Hause Gate - Catbells - Hause Gate - Maiden Moor - High Spy -Rigghead Quarries - RosthwaiteMountainTerrier27/07/2017
Went with a friend. It was so busy. I'm really surprised my friend didn't spark someone out. Way too many people out that day who thought that the world revolved around them. I'm sure a lot of people can relate on the this one. Nice day tho. Even if the sun only came out behind the clouds when we got back down to the icecream van at the bottom. That van must make a killing.DAB8125/07/2017
With Oscar and Bridget.ali\\\'s2ndround16/07/2017
From grassy car park near Hawse End on pleasant sunny day-Skelgill Bank-Catbells-Derwent Water shore.With Bridget and Catman.oscarrosie16/07/2017