Cat Bells

Hiking Highlight

Recommended by 74 out of 74 hikers


  • Dan

    The hike along Cat Bells is extremely popular - and for good reason. The walk is absolutely classic: fun terrain, spectacular views, lots of places to stop for picnics. It truly is awe-inspiring! In high season it is unlikely that you will be alone on the top. However, if you are in the northern lakes, you simply must enjoy the splendour of the Cat Bells.

    The name Cat Bells may have come from the old English phrase 'cat's bield' - a wild cat's shelter - and is possibly from days gone by when wild cats still roamed these fells.

    • October 17, 2018

  • Tom

    Can be hectic up here but if you start early enough you can avoid most crowds. For a smaller climb it provides you with some fantastic views, as always look where you have come from for the best ones in my opinion.

    • June 18, 2019

  • David

    This is a great walk - not too long but affords you with great views on a clear day. The paths are well set out and maintained and the route is fairly clear.

    • March 7, 2018

  • Frank W. Snickers

    Catbells are an absolute must on Derwent Water. Absolute recommendation, even if a bit crowded.

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    • May 27, 2018

  • Marc Clish

    A very popular fell just outside Keswick.. It sits on the western shaw of Derwent Water and is easily accessible from Hawse End, there's parking spaces but they are very limited so it is advisable to get there early, don't risk parking on the yellow lines as you will definitely get a ticket. There are a few scrambles to get to the peak with very rewarding views of Keswick, Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake. Suitable for families of all ages.

    • July 17, 2019

  • Trail Magazine

    A firm family favourite, Cat Bells is a classic Lakeland outing for young, old and everyone in-between. Sweeping aesthetically above Derwent Water with a distinctive profile, it is a little fell with big features: a taste of scrambling, a domed summit and mind-boggling views of the Borrowdale valley.

    • about 3 hours ago

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Location: Cumbria, England, United Kingdom


  • Elevation470 m

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