Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Lake District - Cat Bells

Another "touristy" walk today but one that took me a bit further and higher.

Wanting to avoid the walk out of Keswick, I got a lift to my start point at Hawes End (Grid NY 24721 21180). A footpath from the road there zig-zags up to Skelgill Bank, levels briefly then drops slightly before continuing up to the summit of Cat Bells at 1480 feet. The views just keep getting better on the way up which is for about a mile. Although it was hazy this morning or was that the steam coming off me.

Cat Bells from Skelgill Bank

Dropping down to the lake (not literally of course) I followed the lakeside footpath which leads to Keswick and which is a section of The Cumbria Way. I know it well having walked it a couple of times before.

Hot soup for lunch in Keswick left me drowsy rather than rejuvenated. So, acting my age, I had a nap on a park bench - sitting upright, chin on chest (you get the picture daughter).

Years ago, the tell-tale signs of eyes glazing over would have alerted a teacher; Action Stations! Run Silent! Wait (hope) for the head to sag then deliver a salvo of chalk, or deploy a black board duster to bring the lad back to double maths.

Today though, I was left in peace.

6 comments:

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

I've lost count of the number of new walkers I've took up here. You chose the right time to do it, out of season. However, there are not many better views in the Lake District when you get to the top.

Trevor Woodford said...

A nice walk - out of season-.
At the right time of year and in good weather it can afford some super views....

-Trevor

Brian Cowling said...

J, Trevor - I think the good weather may have caught people on the hop, despite it being out of season.

Tilly said...

It looks like you have been having a great time in the Lake District, I love the picture in this post.

Brian Cowling said...

Hi Tilly. Yes, great time indeed.

The photo is all down to the wonders of light and a mobile phone.

Brian

Dmarie said...

just beautiful! thanks for sharing!