20. The Catbells Challenge
Meeting Point: Bell Close Car Park, 16 Main St, Keswick, CA12 5JD
Starting in Keswick, this scenic walk starts on a flat path crossing the River Greta and heading for Portinscale. From here, we continue through woodland all the way to the foot of Catbells.
We follow a popular route up to the summit of Catbells, enjoying the superb views of Derwentwater and the surrounding fells, before dropping down and looping around the far end of the lake.
From here, we follow a woodland path which gradually winds down towards the lakeside, leading us back towards Keswick. An interesting and diverse stage which passes through towns and villages, before rising up into the fells and ends as we’re drawn back to the lake. A great addition to the Big Smile.
Distance: 18.0 km (11.18 miles)
Difficulty Rating: ★★★☆☆