Cat Bells, Maiden Moor, High Spy and Castle Crag 


Date                    06/05/2006

Walks done by:  Jed, Paul & Susan

Weather:             Dry with sunny spells with a slight haze for most of the day

Distance             9.5 miles.

Started at:          Skelgill

We arrived slightly later than planned due to a vintage car holding us up for most of the way between Ambleside and Keswick. Consequently we found it difficult to get a car parking space, but eventually we did. We set off taking the path from Skelgill up to Skelgill Bank, which is at a better gradient than the path from Hawes End. Soon we were on the ridge and heading for the summit. It was warm and sunny and it was nice not to have to wear jackets/kagools etc. After a brief rest and taking in the views from the summit we headed for Maiden Moor. After Hause Gate we stopped and had haf an hour for lunch, something we haven't done for a while, and settled down to enjoy the views way below us and across Derwentwater to Bleaberry Fell

It had been quiet busy but beyond Maiden Moor there were few people. We made our way to High Spy which we had to ourselves for a time them made our way down through Rigghead quarries and on to Castle Crag. From there we went to Grange and had a well needed cup of tea before heading off to the landing stage at Brandelhow Bay where we caught the launch to Hawes End. Wearily, we walked the last mile back to the car.

Twenty minutes later we were in the Swinside Inn quaffing a well earned mead or two.

A great walk with great views - brilliant!!

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The western slope of Cat Bells from the start of the walk
Looking across to Causey Pike
Derwentwater and Blencathra beyond
The path on to the main ridge of Cat Bells - the main summit is far left
  On the section were a little scrambling is required there is a plaque dedicated to Thomas Arthur Leonard. We saw three plaques on today's walk.
This is the view on reaching the main ridge - Cat Bells with Maiden Moor beyond
And this view is looking back along the ridge. Skiddaw is in the distance
Paul and Susan on the steep section to the summit
..and here descending Cat Bells on the way to Maiden Moor
Looking South and the path to Maiden Moor is clearly visible
  This is the house on Brandelhow Point way below our picnic spot near Hause Gate
Looking back to Cat Bells
Looking down the steep western slope of Maiden Moor
Susan and Paul on Eel Crags with the ravine of Far Tongue Gill beyond then
Zooming in on them
Susan and Paul on High Spy summit
Descending through Rigghead Quarries
The descent route down Tongue Gill
The view from Castle Crag
The plaque to the left is on the summit of Castle Crag and the one on the right is on the western descent path of the Crag
Looking across to Grange Fell
The crag on the western side of Castle Crag

Paul and I at the cafe in Grange.

Castle Crag from the path to Brandelhow landing stage
Abbott's Bay
Hawes End and journeys end.


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