Catbells & High Spy

27th September 2009

The numerous times I’ve visited Catbells in my early days is probably topping well over half a dozen times ,Catbells is just one one those fells when you first get started & you keep returning to ,And after the first initial “I’ve climbed a mountain & by now I’m already hooked syndrome wears away “ Its a mmm ,..lets see how far next time but by then I’m already getting asked where you going next Paul? questions ! And the “Dad can I come with you next !” And so after taking my son (Who now comes with me around his TV & Xbox schedule) And the Wife ,Brother & my nephew who all enjoyed the experience it was back to my turn.

I’ve always wanted to carry on beyond Maiden Moor & basically as far as my legs would take me & in this case its Dale head Tarn & maybe a return through the Newlands valley .


Wainwright Guidebook

The North Western Fells



Ascent: 653 Mtrs  2143Ft
Wainwrights: 3  Catbells,Maiden Moor,High Spy
Weather: Dull, Overcast ,Showers Later On
Parking: Hawesend
Area: North Western
Walking With: On my own
Ordnance Survey: OL4
Time Taken:  

Map and Photo Gallery



Staring my walk at Hawesend & its just the short walk depending on where you are parked! Before i reached the path, But in this case a very nice farmer had decided to open one of his fields more or less opposite the White Cottage just behind where I took this this picture  & only charged £3 for the whole day ,Very reasonable i thought !


Skiddaw under some low cloud which didn’t seem to shift all day ,I reckon I’m about a week or two to early to see all these tress in there autumn colours ,What a shame ..


A closer look at Dewent Isle & the Lading Stages on Dewent Water

I’m making good time , Not far from Catbell summit & as usual its very busy

Catbells Summit Cairn & its pretty muggy so its a quick rest stop on the other side out of the wind

Ok next stop Maiden Moor & its nice to walk on flat ground for just a little while


Still walking at A leisurely pace & High Spy comes into view , What I’m also taking note of is the ever increasing cloud cover ,And I’ve still not really decided on my decent route at this stage & if this cloud rolls in sadly I may be forced to back trace my steps .


High Spy summit cairn , And as seen here the cloud is rolling in thick & fast , Nothing to get panicked just yet, so I’ve decided to make my way over to Dale head Tarn & make my decision there.


Just a case of following the path & enjoy every minute (And if I do remember rightly my stomach was making some real odd sounds right about here so lunch cant come quick enough.


Dale Head Tarn in the distance & lunch is beckoning.


The Newlands Valley & I’ve decided this is going to be my decent route as the cloud is staying reasonably high ,And yes my stomach is still talking to me, So what ill do here is make my way down a couple hundred feet out of the wind & find a nice quite spot to lunch .


I think this is quite enough, This picture taken looking back up the valley with Dale Head making a glimpse on the right of the picture.


The valley really opening up now, & the feeling of isolation is incredible.


Newland Beck waterfalls ,As if my day couldn’t get any better.

One of the many rock pools


Looking back up the Newlands Valley .


The Climbing Hut, Looking very busy today .


One last picture of the valley before I leave this path & continue to hug the path along Catbells.


Looking back towards Robinson as I join the path along side Catbells


The path that runs along side Catbells with Skiddaw (still under cloud & Swinside)

Back at Skelgill & just around the bend the car park


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