Walk c405 Cat Bells, High Spy and Castle Crag from Hawes End

Popular walk with good views of Derwent Water


Route outline for walk c405:

- Hawes End  -   Derwent Water  -   Skelgill Bank  -   Woodford's Path  -   Cat Bells (Catbells)  -   Maiden Moor  -   High Spy (North Top)  -   High Spy  -   Dale Head Tarn  -   Rigghead Quarries  -   The Allerdale Ramble  -   Castle Crag  -   River Derwent  -   Yewdale Knott  -   Manesty  -   Manesty Band  -   Hawes End  -   Derwent Water.




Peak Bagging Statistics for this walk:

hewitt
1
English
Mountain
Wainwright
4
Wainwrights
 English Nuttalls
2
English
Nuttalls
Dewey
0
English
Deweys
Wainwright Outlying Fell
0
Wainwright
Outlying Fells
marilyn
0
Marilyns
Bridget
0
Bridgets

The highest point of this walk is High Spy at 653m (2143ft). High Spy is classified as an English Mountain (Hewitt) (141st highest in England, 244th highest in England & Wales) and a Wainwright (No. 113). High Spy is also known as an English Nuttall (190th in England, 326th in England & Wales).

Completing this walk also take you to the top of High Spy (North Top), 634m (2081ft). High Spy (North Top) is also known as an English Nuttall (213th in England, 367th in England & Wales).

You will also reach the summit of Maiden Moor, 575m (1887ft). Maiden Moor is classified as a Wainwright (No. 138).

Along the way you will also bag Cat Bells (Catbells), 451m (1480ft) - a Wainwright (No. 189) and Castle Crag 290m (952ft) - a Wainwright (No. 214).


For more details about what constitutes a Mountain and Mountain & Hill Classifications see: Peaks & Mountains.

For more details about peak bagging and how to record your achievements see: Peak Bagging.


This walk is on Ordnance Survey Maps:

OS Explorer Map OL4
1:25,000 scale (Orange Covers)

OS Landranger Map 89 or 90
1:50,000 scale (Pink Covers)


Some Photos and Pictures from Walk c405 Cat Bells, High Spy and Castle Crag from Hawes End

In no particular order . . .

Lodore Falls

Lodore Falls

Photo: Brian Balfe (19)

Derwent Water from Brandlehow Bay

Derwent Water from Brandlehow Bay

Photo: Brian Balfe (9)

Whernside from near Braithwaite Wife Hole

Whernside from near Braithwaite Wife Hole

Photo: Peter Swan (17)

Looking towards Colvend from White Hill

Looking towards Colvend from White Hill

Photo: Glynn Trueman (31)

Cat Bells (Catbells) and Derwent Water from Maiden Moor

Cat Bells (Catbells) and Derwent Water from Maiden Moor

Photo: Steve Brunt (3)

Lodore Falls

Lodore Falls

Photo: Duncan Grant (2)

Cat Bells (Catbells) (foreground) with Skiddaw and Blencathra (distance left) and Derwent Water from Maiden Moor

Cat Bells (Catbells) (foreground) with Skiddaw and Blencathra (distance left) and Derwent Water from Maiden Moor

Photo: Rob Barklamb (31)

Dalehead Tarn

Dalehead Tarn

Photo: David Hayter (4)

Hindscarth from Dale Head (Newlands) The Newlands Horseshoe

Hindscarth from Dale Head (Newlands) The Newlands Horseshoe

Photo: Ivor Bennett (4)

Castle Crag from the Cumbria Way above Seatoller

Castle Crag from the Cumbria Way above Seatoller

Photo: David Swales (15)

Yew Dale Tarn nr Coniston

Yew Dale Tarn nr Coniston

Photo: George White (23)

Bassenthwaite Lake, Skiddaw, Keswick and Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Bassenthwaite Lake, Skiddaw, Keswick and Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Michael Lee (9)

My daughter on top of Cat Bells (Catbells) with her daddy!

My daughter on top of Cat Bells (Catbells) with her daddy!

Photo: Kira Thorpe (1)

Ennerdale from Hay Stacks (Haystacks)

Ennerdale from Hay Stacks (Haystacks)

Photo: Darryl Larvin (2)

Derwent Water from the lower slopes of Castle Crag

Derwent Water from the lower slopes of Castle Crag

Photo: Dave Phillips (7)

Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Adam Reed (1)

Cat Bells (Catbells) from Skelgill Bank

Cat Bells (Catbells) from Skelgill Bank

Photo: William Ringwood (14)

Sofia and Lara on their way up Cat Bells with Causey Pike in the background

Sofia and Lara on their way up Cat Bells with Causey Pike in the background

Photo: Mark Ingram (1)

Derwent Water and Bleaberry Fell from Maiden Moor

Derwent Water and Bleaberry Fell from Maiden Moor

Photo: Peter Swan (15)

Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Darryl Larvin (1)

The large beacon on the summit of High Spy

The large beacon on the summit of High Spy

Photo: Christine Shepherd (526)

Cat Bells (Catbells) from Maiden Moor

Cat Bells (Catbells) from Maiden Moor

Photo: Dave Roberts (6)

Pen-y-ghent from Dale Head

Pen-y-ghent from Dale Head

Photo: Mike Knipe (74)

Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Jim Burkhill (1)

Having fun on Cat Bells (Catbells) in the pouring rain

Having fun on Cat Bells (Catbells) in the pouring rain

Photo: Paul Johnson (9)

The Helvellyn and Fairfield Massif from Dale Head (Newlands)

The Helvellyn and Fairfield Massif from Dale Head (Newlands)

Photo: Rob Barklamb (34)

The Skiddaw massif along with Walla Crag (to the right) from the southern end of Derwent Water

The Skiddaw massif along with Walla Crag (to the right) from the southern end of Derwent Water

Photo: Chris Brankin (44)

A pair of Scots Pines amongst the old quarry workings on the side of Castle Crag

A pair of Scots Pines amongst the old quarry workings on the side of Castle Crag

Photo: Andy Malcolm (117)

My Family on Gummer's How above Windermere

My Family on Gummer's How above Windermere

Photo: Kira Thorpe (2)

The Newlands Valley from Dale Head (Newlands)

The Newlands Valley from Dale Head (Newlands)

Photo: Steve Brunt (4)

Derwent Water

Derwent Water

Photo: Glenn Philpott (5)

Skiddaw from near Walla Crag

Skiddaw from near Walla Crag

Photo: Chris Haselden (28)

Looking South from High Spy

Looking South from High Spy

Photo: Rob Barklamb (33)

Wonderful view over Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells) and the walk across the top of the fell

Wonderful view over Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells) and the walk across the top of the fell

Photo: Paul Parker (2)

Cat Bells (Catbells) from Maiden Moor The Newlands Horseshoe with Keswick and Skiddaw beyond

Cat Bells (Catbells) from Maiden Moor The Newlands Horseshoe with Keswick and Skiddaw beyond

Photo: Ivor Bennett (2)

Derwent Water with Keswick and the Skiddaw Massif beyond from High Spy

Derwent Water with Keswick and the Skiddaw Massif beyond from High Spy

Photo: Dave Roberts (7)

Derwent Water, Skiddaw and Blencathra from below Maiden Moor

Derwent Water, Skiddaw and Blencathra from below Maiden Moor

Photo: Rob Barklamb (32)

Dale Head (Newlands) summit

Dale Head (Newlands) summit

Photo: William Ringwood (16)

Plaque at the bottom of Castle Crag

Plaque at the bottom of Castle Crag

Photo: Dave Phillips (2)

Derwent Water, Blencathra, Walla Crag and 
Bleaberry Fell from High Spy

Derwent Water, Blencathra, Walla Crag and Bleaberry Fell from High Spy

Photo: Peter Swan (14)

Bassenthwaite from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Bassenthwaite from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Tony Higgs (2)

The Derwent Water Launch cruising Derwent Water from Brandlehow Bay

The Derwent Water Launch cruising Derwent Water from Brandlehow Bay

Photo: Brian Balfe (10)

Me with friends (Dave, Hannah, Verne, Ali & Pete) on top of Cat Bells (Catbells)

Me with friends (Dave, Hannah, Verne, Ali & Pete) on top of Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Jane Oxby (1)

Kesick with Skiddaw beyond from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Kesick with Skiddaw beyond from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Justine Dixon (1)

High Spy from Dale Head Tarn

High Spy from Dale Head Tarn

Photo: Mike Knipe (42)

Castlerigg Stone Circle with the shoulder of Walla Crag (left), Maiden Moor and Cat Bells (Catbells) in the background

Castlerigg Stone Circle with the shoulder of Walla Crag (left), Maiden Moor and Cat Bells (Catbells) in the background

Photo: Mark Ingram (2)

Derwentwater from Cat Bells

Derwentwater from Cat Bells

Photo: Brian Balfe (16)

Borrowdale from Maiden Moor

Borrowdale from Maiden Moor

Photo: Peter Swan (16)

Cat Bells (Catbells) from near Barrow Bay on the Eastern shore of Derwent Water

Cat Bells (Catbells) from near Barrow Bay on the Eastern shore of Derwent Water

Photo: Alan Gent (2)

Honister Crag from Honister

Honister Crag from Honister

Photo: Mike Knipe (43)

Rosthwaite from (King's How (Grange Fell)

Rosthwaite from (King's How (Grange Fell)

Photo: Duncan Grant (3)

Cat Bells (Catbells) (foreground) with Derwent Water, Keswick and Skiddaw (centre left) and Blencathra (right) from Maiden Moor

Cat Bells (Catbells) (foreground) with Derwent Water, Keswick and Skiddaw (centre left) and Blencathra (right) from Maiden Moor

Photo: Charles Murray (1)

Honister Pass (left), Fleetwith Pike, Hay Stacks (Haystacks) and High Crag (Buttermere) across Buttermere

Honister Pass (left), Fleetwith Pike, Hay Stacks (Haystacks) and High Crag (Buttermere) across Buttermere

Photo: Dave Phillips (8)

Cat Bells (Catbells) from the Derwent Water Ferry

Cat Bells (Catbells) from the Derwent Water Ferry

Photo: Ian Shaw (1)

The flat cairn on the summit of Birks

The flat cairn on the summit of Birks

Photo: Christine Shepherd (527)

Hale Head Lighthouse with Helsby Hill beyond the River Mersey

Hale Head Lighthouse with Helsby Hill beyond the River Mersey

Photo: Jim Burkhill (2)

Plaque on Castle Crag summit

Plaque on Castle Crag summit

Photo: Dave Phillips (4)

Me and Jack on Cat Bells (Catbells)

Me and Jack on Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Dean Bowen (1)

The Newlands Valley from High Spy with Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance and The Skiddaw Massif to the right

The Newlands Valley from High Spy with Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance and The Skiddaw Massif to the right

Photo: Wayne Hill (91)

Wast Water from Great Gable

Wast Water from Great Gable

Photo: Tony Higgs (3)

Icicles on the C2C between Threlkeld and Keswick

Icicles on the C2C between Threlkeld and Keswick

Photo: Glenn Philpott (4)

Derwent Water with Cat Bells (Catbells) beyond

Derwent Water with Cat Bells (Catbells) beyond

Photo: Glynn Trueman (30)

The River Derwent, Borrowdale

The River Derwent, Borrowdale

Photo: Dave Phillips (1)

Skiddaw, Blencathra (or Saddleback) and Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Skiddaw, Blencathra (or Saddleback) and Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Wayne Hill (90)

Low Water on the way up The Old Man of Coniston

Low Water on the way up The Old Man of Coniston

Photo: Dave Roberts (9)

Cat Bells (Catbells) and Skiddaw from Maiden Moor

Cat Bells (Catbells) and Skiddaw from Maiden Moor

Photo: David Hayter (2)

*Derwent Water with Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and High Seat beyond from Cat Bells (Catbells)

*Derwent Water with Walla Crag, Bleaberry Fell and High Seat beyond from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Lesley Line (1)

The River Derwent below Castle Crag

The River Derwent below Castle Crag

Photo: Andy Malcolm (116)

Derwent Water with Walla Crag beyond from Hawes End Pier

Derwent Water with Walla Crag beyond from Hawes End Pier

Photo: David Mann (1)

The Newlands Valley from the summit of Cat Bells (Catbells)

The Newlands Valley from the summit of Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Richard Heeley (6)

My husband Eric on Catbells

My husband Eric on Catbells

Photo: Amanda Hamlyn (4)

Eric and me on Helm Crag, Easter Sunday 2008.

Eric and me on Helm Crag, Easter Sunday 2008.

Photo: Amanda Hamlyn (5)

Lingcove Bridge

Lingcove Bridge

Photo: David Swales (16)

The River Greta from the dismantled railway line North East of Keswick

The River Greta from the dismantled railway line North East of Keswick

Photo: Brian Balfe (11)

Brassington Church

Brassington Church

Photo: David Dayton (29)

Bassenthwaite Lake (far left), Skiddaw (left), Blencathra (or Saddleback) (right), Keswick and Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Bassenthwaite Lake (far left), Skiddaw (left), Blencathra (or Saddleback) (right), Keswick and Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Michael Lee (10)

The Newlands Valley from (half-way up) Cat Bells (Catbells)

The Newlands Valley from (half-way up) Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Justine Dixon (2)

Seat and Hay Stacks with Great Gable beyond from High Stile

Seat and Hay Stacks with Great Gable beyond from High Stile

Photo: Alan Gent (3)

High Spy (North Top) and Maiden Moor from High Spy

High Spy (North Top) and Maiden Moor from High Spy

Photo: Ivor Bennett (3)

Cat Bells (Catbells)

Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Arron Fowler (1)

Me and my mates on top of Cat Bells (Catbells) with Derwent Water in the background

Me and my mates on top of Cat Bells (Catbells) with Derwent Water in the background

Photo: Ged Matthews (1)

Crag Hill Wandope and Grasmoor from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Crag Hill Wandope and Grasmoor from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: David Hayter (1)

Newlands Church

Newlands Church

Photo: Wayne Hill (92)

Castle Crag in the 'Jaws' of Borrowdale taken from the north end of Derwent Water

Castle Crag in the 'Jaws' of Borrowdale taken from the north end of Derwent Water

Photo: Chris Brankin (43)

Great view from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Great view from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Paul Parker (1)

Causey Pike (left), Bassenthwaite Lake, Newlands, Swinside, Cat Bells (Catbells) (centre), Derwent Water, Skiddaw , Blencathra and Walla Crag (far right) from Maiden Moor

Causey Pike (left), Bassenthwaite Lake, Newlands, Swinside, Cat Bells (Catbells) (centre), Derwent Water, Skiddaw , Blencathra and Walla Crag (far right) from Maiden Moor

Photo: Steve Truwick (3)

Scales Tarn

Scales Tarn

Photo: Richard Heeley (7)

Cat Bells (Catbells) and Skiddaw from Maiden Moor

Cat Bells (Catbells) and Skiddaw from Maiden Moor

Photo: David Hayter (3)

Castle Crag from the Derwent Water launch

Castle Crag from the Derwent Water launch

Photo: Brian Balfe (18)

Skiddaw and Keswick from Skelgill Bank on the way to Cat Bells (Catbells)

Skiddaw and Keswick from Skelgill Bank on the way to Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Wayne Hill (89)

Snow on Derwent Water with Cat Bells (Catbells) (left) and Casuey Pike (centre) and Grisedale Pike (right)

Snow on Derwent Water with Cat Bells (Catbells) (left) and Casuey Pike (centre) and Grisedale Pike (right)

Photo: Chris Haselden (27)

Mucker Valley taken from about half way down Great Shunner Fell

Mucker Valley taken from about half way down Great Shunner Fell

Photo: David Mann (2)

Ullock Pike, Carl Side, Skiddaw and Little Man (Skiddaw) from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Ullock Pike, Carl Side, Skiddaw and Little Man (Skiddaw) from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Brian Balfe (20)

The track from Cat Bells to Nichol End

The track from Cat Bells to Nichol End

Photo: Brian Balfe (17)

Me at the top of Cat Bells (Catbells)

Me at the top of Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Amanda Floyd (1)

Skiddaw from The River Derwent

Skiddaw from The River Derwent

Photo: Duncan Grant (4)

On High Spy

On High Spy

Photo: Dave Roberts (8)

Skiddaw from Derwent Water

Skiddaw from Derwent Water

Photo: Duncan Grant (1)

Place Fell above Brothers Water from The Kirkstone Pass

Place Fell above Brothers Water from The Kirkstone Pass

Photo: George White (24)

Borrowdale from Castle Crag

Borrowdale from Castle Crag

Photo: Dave Phillips (3)

On Skelgill Bank approaching the summit of Cat Bells (Catbells)

On Skelgill Bank approaching the summit of Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Brian Balfe (21)

Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells) with Latrigg (left) and Blencathra or Saddleback (right) beyond

Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells) with Latrigg (left) and Blencathra or Saddleback (right) beyond

Photo: Dave Roberts (5)

Derwent Water and Borrowdale from Castle Crag

Derwent Water and Borrowdale from Castle Crag

Photo: Dave Phillips (5)

Slate stones on Castle Crag

Slate stones on Castle Crag

Photo: Philip Butler (11)

Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells) The Newlands Horseshoe

Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells) The Newlands Horseshoe

Photo: Ivor Bennett (1)

Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick at Sunset

Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick at Sunset

Photo: Justine Dixon (3)

Stickle Tarn from the slopes of Pavey Ark with Pike of Blisco (Pike o' Blisco) and The Coniston Fells in the distance

Stickle Tarn from the slopes of Pavey Ark with Pike of Blisco (Pike o' Blisco) and The Coniston Fells in the distance

Photo: Michael Lee (11)

A snow capped Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) viewed from the summit of Skiddaw

A snow capped Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) viewed from the summit of Skiddaw

Photo: Charles Murray (2)

High Spy (North Top), High Spy, Maiden Moor, Hindscarth (left), Robinson, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Causey Pike, Barrow (Newlands) (centre), Newlands, Bassenthwaite Lake, Swinside, Skiddaw, Derwent Water and Blencathra (right) beyond from Cat Bells (Catbells)

High Spy (North Top), High Spy, Maiden Moor, Hindscarth (left), Robinson, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Causey Pike, Barrow (Newlands) (centre), Newlands, Bassenthwaite Lake, Swinside, Skiddaw, Derwent Water and Blencathra (right) beyond from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: Steve Truwick (4)

Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Derwent Water from Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: William Ringwood (15)

A misty Blea Crag on the descent down from Blea Rigg

A misty Blea Crag on the descent down from Blea Rigg

Photo: Andy Malcolm (118)

On Cat Bells (Catbells) with Derwent Water in the background

On Cat Bells (Catbells) with Derwent Water in the background

Photo: Brian Balfe (22)

Derwent Water and Borrowdale with Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and Castle Crag on the right from the northern end of the lake

Derwent Water and Borrowdale with Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and Castle Crag on the right from the northern end of the lake

Photo: Chris Brankin (45)

Shepherds Crag from Castle Crag

Shepherds Crag from Castle Crag

Photo: Dave Phillips (6)

Approaching Skelgill Bank and Cat Bells (Catbells)

Approaching Skelgill Bank and Cat Bells (Catbells)

Photo: William Ringwood (13)

Crummock Water with Rannerdale Knotts (centre left), The High Stile Ridge (High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike (Buttermere) and the lower slopes of Mellbreak (far right) from Lanthwaite Wood

Crummock Water with Rannerdale Knotts (centre left), The High Stile Ridge (High Crag, High Stile and Red Pike (Buttermere) and the lower slopes of Mellbreak (far right) from Lanthwaite Wood

Photo: Philip Butler (12)


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