Catbells: your first Lakes walk

Address: Market Square, Keswick, CA12 5JR, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 17687 72645

- Free


If you climb just one peak, then make it Catbells.

Alfred Wainwright, the authority on walking in the Lakes, wrote: "Catbells is one of the great favourites, a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together."

The relatively gentle peak of Catbells makes it a hugely popular trail for first-time walkers and families keen to stretch their legs.

Its well marked easy to access with the trailhead just beyond the Keswick Pier to Hawse End. The ascent to the summit at 1481ft is manageable – but not without moments to test you.

Route information form the tourist information centre in Maket Square.


Value for money

Price advice

All that fresh air – and it's free.

Expert tips

If the steep lower slopes are daunting, head left to the Woodford's Path, a series of zigzags, which offer a gentler ascent.

Coming down, the descent is set at an easy gradient, making for a gentle stroll down.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Travellers with pets
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching
  • Sightseeing
  • Nature / wildlife