Cat Bells, overlooking Derwentwater and Keswick, is a truly iconic walk and one that, if you are all reasonably fit and sound, you can do as a family. That said, there is a little scramble at the top, but it’s easily achievable in good weather and looks worse than it is on the approach!
What’s great about this walk is that you can combine it with a lovely day out in the town of Keswick and also enjoy a boat ride which takes you to the start of the walk!
From Keswick, head down to the Keswick launch by the lake. You can park in the town or you can park down by the Theatre on the Lake which is the closest car park.
Take the Keswick Launch to Hawes End (you can enjoy a trip around the lake first, or take it straight there and enjoy a round trip after your walk if you get a hop on/hop off walkers ticket) and then walk up the track to the road where you will pick up footpath signs leading to Cat Bells. There is a very easy to follow route which heads up the two bell-shaped mountains and the views from on top are simply superb – you can see miles of exquisite Lake District scenery. After you’ve climbed to the top of the second Bell, an easy footpath veers off to the left and descends the mountain. When you reach the road at the bottom, you can, after a short walk along, join the Cumbria Way and then head back to your landing stage, walking all along Derwentwater.
Alternatively, you can catch a boat from one of the other stops around the lake. We very often combine our walk with a venture down to Grange – a gorgeous little hamlet with a fantastic tea room!
Enjoy the Lakes!