The planned walk was a circular walk starting at Hawes End and climb up to Cat Bells summit and then continuing on to Maiden Moor, High Spy and Castle Crag.
We were keen to arrive early so we could get a free parking space in the small lay-by near the start of the walk. We parked up at 8am and there was only one other car in the lay-by.
The low cloud had now lifted and the sun was shining, looks like a fabulous day for a walk.
|Cat Bells with Maiden Moor behind|
|At Cat Bells summit|
|View from Cat Bells (1,480 ft)|
We arrived at the same time as a man and his Labrador, spent a while chatting to him and fussing his lovely dog before continuing on to Maiden Moor. The sun was beating down and and there was no breeze at all, we're really not used to this warm weather. I was a little concerned that I'd not brought enough water with me as we had a long walk ahead of us.
Then across Hause Gate and up on to the broad expanse of Maiden Moor and a good path to the summit. Luckily, once we reached the summit it got a little cooler and the sun went in briefly so we were able to cool down again.
|Maiden Moor summit (1890 t)|
A quick break for cake and a read of my Wainwright book then descent to a broad col and on to High Spy. Fabulous walk so far.
|Route to High Spy|
|High Spy Summit (2142 ft)|
We were following the path towards Dalehead Tarn and were looking out for the path to the left that we needed to take, we totally missed it and ended up at Dalehead Tarn but not to worry there was a cache there so we found that then backtracked to pick up the correct path.
Then it was over the stile and down the very steep descent to Rigghead Quarries
We paused halfway for our lunch then continued on down keeping Tongue Gill on our left before crossing the gill and going through the gate. This is where the path started to get very busy. With lots of people exploring the paths around Castle Crag.
|The path to Castle Crag!|
|A memorial to Borrowdale men killed in World War I|
|View from Castle Crag Summit|
We stopped off at the Grange Cafe for a very welcome cup of coffee before continuing on. Also very handy as there was a wifi hotspot here. From this point on the going was very easy, as we made our way along the lower paths of Cat Bells, the views all along this path were absolutely stunning. After a mile or two we eventually arrived back at the car. What a fabulous walk.
|Fabulous views of Derwent Water|
|looking back at Cat bells from the lower paths|
|The end of perfect day|
Miles walk = 11
Wainwrights = 4
Total Ascent = 3466 ft