Over Catbells and around Derwent Water

Mon 23 May 2011

Route: Moot Hall, Keswick - Portinscale - Hawes End - Catbells - Hause Gate - Manesty - Grange in Borrowdale - Lodore - Derwent Water - Calfclose Bay - The Ings - Friar's Crag - Moot Hall

Distance: 10.50 miles

Ascent: 1,500ft

Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

With: Peter Huzan


West or Southwest 50 to 70mph with gusts to 100mph over ridges and summits. Risk of being blown over. Severe wind chill.

  • Dawn - 0900: Heavy Rain. 100% chance of rain
  • 0900 - 1200: Heavy Rain. 90% chance of rain
  • 1200 - 1500: Heavy rain showers. 70% chance of rain
  • 1500 - Dusk: Heavy rain showers. 90% chance of rain

So a delayed start until noon. We had a rain free walk but it was very, very, very windy on Catbells. All the recent rain meant that Derwent Water had expanded and there was no way we could use the Chinese Bridge so we had to cross the River Derwent at Grange.

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Lots of water in the River Greta as we head out of Keswick

Catbells from The Park

Looking back to Swinside as we head up Skelgill Bank

The Skiddaw fells and Blencathra

The northwestern fells

Looking towards Hindscarth, Robinson and the Newlands valley

Catbells from Skelgill Bank

Skelgill Bank

Catbells' summit from low down

The extended head of Derwent Water

A squall heads down Derwent Water

The descent from Hause Gate

The River Derwent at Grange

The River Derwent has burst its banks. The Chinese Bridge we had intended to use is on the far right

A flooded Cannon Dub with the Chinese Bridge on the left

Derwent Water proper

Falcon Crag and Calfclose Bay

The Ings, flooded

Causey Pike and Friar's Crag

A squall passes in front of Catbells

Catbells behind Friar's Crag


Previous Walk: Loughrigg Fell (Sun 22 May 2011)

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