A favourite ridge walk rising up to 445m (1424 feet) with a clear path giving stunning views of Derwentwater on one side and the magnificent Newlands Valley on the other.
Parking is not usually an option so you can either take the launch across Derwentwater and walk straight up from Brandlehow Woods or you can walk from Hazelmere. Turn right from Hazelmere and right by the Catholic Church, crossing the road and following it around the field at the bend and taking the road to the left which leads to the suspension foot bridge over the river. Cross the river and walk through Portinscale taking the footpath from Nichol End Marine through Lingholm Woods to Hawes End. Follow the track signed for “Cat Bells” a short distance uphill onto the road from where you can see Cat Bells rising in front of you. Take the obvious footpath; the views are lovely almost from the start. This walk can be part of a round the lake walk – or you can take one of the paths on the side to the lakeshore and return to Keswick by the launch.