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Catstye Cam
890m (2921ft)

The Eastern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


Record Catstye Cam as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
12th highest in England,
30th in England & Wales

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Wainwright
(No. 10)

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English Nuttall
15th highest in England,
35th in England & Wales

You can find Catstye Cam & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


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OL5 The English Lakes - North Eastern area


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See Catstye Cam and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

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You can walk to the top of Catstye Cam by using any of these 4 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c213 Helvellyn from Glenridding

Lakeland's 3rd highest via the infamous Striding & Swirral Edges - not for the faint hearted

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8.5ml (13.5km)
Ascent:3,278ft (999m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c224 Helvellyn via Swirral Edge and Raise from Glenridding

Lakeland's most popular via the easier Swirral Edge

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10.75ml (17km)
Ascent:3,449ft (1,051m)
Time:7.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c394 Helvellyn, Catstye Cam and Sheffield Pike from Glenridding

Superb high level walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10ml (16km)
Ascent:4,020ft (1,225m)
Time:8 hrs
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Walk c286 The Glenridding Skyline from Glenridding

Superb high level walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11.5ml (18.5km)
Ascent:4,418ft (1,346m)
Time:8½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 8 Icon (Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Catstye Cam Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Catstye Cam

Geoff Hand walked up Catstye Cam on August 9th, 2023 [from/via/route] Set out from Glenridding Carpark Up Greenside Road. Started to climb just after the cattle grid to reach the Dodd. From the Dodd we went West climbing Heron Pike then onto Sheffield Pike. Very like the Dodd only higher! From here my navigation went haywire & I got crag bound below Nick Head. Eventually got down to the footbridge near the HYA & made our way up the track along side Red Tarn beck & up towards Swirral Edge then toook a right to climb Catstye Cam. From there we retraced out way back to Glen ridding. [with] Tess (Jack Russell) [weather] Sunny Intervals - Lovely views of Ullswater from the Dodd. Also Great views from Catstye Cam.

James Hughes climbed Catstye Cam on May 29th, 2023 [from/via/route] Glenridding Dodd, Sheffield Pike, Raise, White Side, Hellvellyn Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam [with] Solo [weather] Beautiful day, clear, warm. blue skies & no wind. - Pearler of a day...

Melfyn Parry bagged Catstye Cam on May 23rd, 2023 [from/via/route] Started walk from the car park at the Patterdale Hotel, followed route C427 with a couple of changes. Climbed over Striding Edge & then on to Helvellyn but then took a detour to walk out to Lower Man then doubled back to Helvellyn before descending Swirral Edge to then climb too summit of Catstye Cam. From here we descended to Hole in the Wall & then went out to Birkhouse Moor & rather than doubling back to Hole in the Wall to repeat the path back to the carpark we continued beyond the summit along easy to follow paths which led back down to join the return route at NY377158, making a total of 16.4Km [with] With DS [weather] Sunny spells & quite warm at times especially on uphill sections when in lea of the breeze. On the tops the breeze was chilly. - Stunning views in all directions.

John Tippins hiked Catstye Cam on May 9th, 2023 [from/via/route] From Glenridding via Greenside Road & Sticks Pass [with] Alone [weather] Warm & sunny, some cloud on summits, intermittent sun throughout the day.

Martyn Atherton summited Catstye Cam on September 17th, 2022 [from/via/route] Patterdale via Striding Edge, Catstye Cam, Birkhouse Moor to Patterdale [with] Paul Atherton [weather] Very Sunny - Loved the route very challenging

Joanne Kay conquered Catstye Cam on April 30th, 2021 [from/via/route] Patterdale

Andrew Johnson scaled Catstye Cam on July 1st, 2021 [from/via/route] Patterdale [weather] Fair weather

Richard Marshall walked up Catstye Cam on August 15th, 2021 [from/via/route] Birk house & Cat Stye Cam [with] Me [weather] Wet & cloudy

Christine Shepherd climbed Catstye Cam on June 6th, 2006 [from/via/route] Walked from Glennridding using walk c394 [with] My daughter Rebecca [weather] Hot & sunny - Climbed this peak again on 11.6.09 using walk c213 after leading friends over Striding Edge. Repeated the walk from Glenridding solo on 15.4.21 on a glorious day.

Angela Haworth bagged Catstye Cam on September 26th, 1999 [from/via/route] From Glenridding Birkhouse Moor - Striding Edge- Helvellyn- Swirral Edge - Catstycam [with] children [weather] Dry - .

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Catstye Cam

Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam and Red Tarn from Helvellyn

Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam and Red Tarn from Helvellyn

Photo: Alan Wainwright (35)

Striding Edge (left), Helvellyn and Catstye Cam from the summit of Birkhouse Moor

Striding Edge (left), Helvellyn and Catstye Cam from the summit of Birkhouse Moor

Photo: Katherine Horrex (3)

Catstye Cam from Birkhouse Moor summit

Catstye Cam from Birkhouse Moor summit

Photo: Alan Wainwright (12)

*Striding Edge (left), Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam (far right) from near Hole-in-the-wall

*Striding Edge (left), Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam (far right) from near Hole-in-the-wall

Photo: Richard Heeley (4)

Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam from Helvellyn

Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam from Helvellyn

Photo: Iain Macdonald (2)

*Catstye Cam (left), Swirral Edge and Helvellyn from White Side

*Catstye Cam (left), Swirral Edge and Helvellyn from White Side

Photo: Ian McCutcheon (8)

Birkhouse Moor summit cairn - with Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam beyond

Birkhouse Moor summit cairn - with Striding Edge, Helvellyn, Swirral Edge and Catstye Cam beyond

Photo: Alan Wainwright (13)

Catstye Cam and Ullswater from Helvellyn

Catstye Cam and Ullswater from Helvellyn

Photo: Christine Shepherd (524)

Catstye Cam and Red Tarn from the top of Helvellyn, May 2012

Catstye Cam and Red Tarn from the top of Helvellyn, May 2012

Photo: Christine Leach (1)

Nethermost Pike summit cairn with Helvellyn and Catstye Cam beyond

Nethermost Pike summit cairn with Helvellyn and Catstye Cam beyond

Photo: Alan Wainwright (40)

Catstye Cam from Hole-in-the-wall

Catstye Cam from Hole-in-the-wall

Photo: Ian Gaylard (6)

Swirral Edge from the col between Helvellyn and Catstye Cam

Swirral Edge from the col between Helvellyn and Catstye Cam

Photo: Katherine Horrex (16)

Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam and Red Tarn from Striding Edge

Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam and Red Tarn from Striding Edge

Photo: Andy Brown (1)

Catstye Cam (centre) and Helvellyn from Birkhouse Moor

Catstye Cam (centre) and Helvellyn from Birkhouse Moor

Photo: Richard Nicholls (33)

Snow on Catstye Cam from Birkhouse Moor

Snow on Catstye Cam from Birkhouse Moor

Photo: Richard Nicholls (59)

Catstye Cam, White Side and Raise (Helvellyn) from the summit of Birkhouse Moor

Catstye Cam, White Side and Raise (Helvellyn) from the summit of Birkhouse Moor

Photo: Katherine Horrex (2)

Striding Edge (left), Helvellyn and Catstye Cam from the Birkhouse Moor

Striding Edge (left), Helvellyn and Catstye Cam from the Birkhouse Moor

Photo: Katherine Horrex (4)

Swirral Edge and Helvellyn from the summit cairn on Catstye Cam

Swirral Edge and Helvellyn from the summit cairn on Catstye Cam

Photo: Christine Shepherd (894)

Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam, Red Tarn (Helvellyn) and Ullswater from the summit of Helvellyn

Swirral Edge, Catstye Cam, Red Tarn (Helvellyn) and Ullswater from the summit of Helvellyn

Photo: Katherine Horrex (14)

The shoulder of St Sunday Crag and Birks (left), Catstye Cam, Birkhouse Moor (centre) and Sheffield Pike from Arnison Crag, Patterdale

The shoulder of St Sunday Crag and Birks (left), Catstye Cam, Birkhouse Moor (centre) and Sheffield Pike from Arnison Crag, Patterdale

Photo: Chris Brankin (2)


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