Thursday 15th September 2011

 

Start Point : Hawes End (NY 247 213)

Distance : 9.6 miles Height Ascended : 960 metres

 

Route Map

 

Starting this walk at Hawes End and ascending Cat Bells via the north ridge it isn't long before the views across Derwent Water open up.

 

The crest of Skelgill Bank is soon reached and a whole new vista opens up over the Newlands valley.

 

The Keswick launch approaches the Hawes End jetty.

 

Newlands and it's array of surrounding fells.

 

The Skiddaw range and Blencathra from Skelgill Bank.

 

Catbells, Hindscarth and Robinson.

 

The early morning sun lights up the ridges.

 

Little Town nestled at the foot of Knott End.

 

Skelgill Bank backed by the mighty Skiddaw.

 

The bare summit of Catbells.

 

Looking towards the next objective - Maiden Moor.

Hindscarth and Robinson over Knott End.

 

Eel Crag and Causey Pike the high points in this view.

 

Looking back to Catbells - all around the bracken is beginning to show it's Autumn colous.

 

A super panorama over Derwent Water from Maiden Moor.

 

Catbells and Derwent Water.

 

The craggy northeastern frontage of Hindscarth.

 

Blencathra and Walla Crag over Derwent Water.

 

The cairn marking the top of Blea Crag.

 

The view from the cairn on Blea Crag.

 

High Spy's summit cairn can be seen here, just left of centre, between the dip seperating Scafell and Great Gable.

 

A glimpse of the infant Newlands Beck far below through a gap at the top of Eel Crags.

 

High Spy's impressive summit cairn and the view north.................

 

Hetty and Martha give some scale.

 

Looking back over Maiden Moor.

 

The heathered slopes of Hindscarth Crags and Scope End ridge.

 

Gable Crags - Dale Head.

 

The top of Miners Crag.

 

Dalehead Crags and Hindscarth.

 

The remains of Wilson's Bield.

 

Looking down on Borrowdale over the the ruins of Rigghead Quarries.

 

Hetty and Martha investigate an old quarry building.

 

Crossing Tongue Gill (although there is a path on either side).

 

Looking back up to the old quarry workings.

 

Castle Crag.

 

The Skiddaw group from the Allerdale Ramble footpath below Castle Crag.

 

A glimpse of Walla Crag through the trees.

 

The Allerdale Ramble cuts through Low Hows Wood.

 

Blencathra and Walla Crag from the lower eastern slopes of Maiden Moor.

 

The Keswick Ferry continues on its rounds - here it is approaching Brandlehow Bay.

 

Still on the Allerdale Ramble path as it skirts Catbells' lower eastern slopes.

 

Nearing the end of a great walk and the views keep coming.

Here another view of Blencathra and Walla Crag.......

 

.......and further round Bleaberry Fell.