Hawes End, Cat Bells and Derwent Circular

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Lake District National Park

Hawes End, Cat Bells and Derwent Circular is a 4.1 mile loop trail located near Keswick, Cumbria, England that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length4.1 miElevation gain1,299 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashFishingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsRock climbingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestLakePartially pavedRiverViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddyScrambleSnow
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This trail is a circular walk around Hawes End, Cat Bells and Derwent. There are not many facilities at the start of the trail but there's a hotel close by that provides help. Parking cars on the busy days can be a big headache so be prepared. Walking up from Hawes has many steep steps and at the scramble to the top few points are very icy. Then along Cat Bells and another scramble, it has impressive views from up and along. In wet weather, few points can get quite muddy so wear appropriate footwear. In great open areas like these, the weather can change quickly, becoming a bit more challenging, so prepare your hike equipments in advance. Many others activities are possible along this trial, offering lots of fun for you, your family and friends. For canine friends this can be a great challenge and lots of fun.

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Julie baker
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HikingGreat!

absolutely fantastic walk, well marked paths, steep climb and a good section of scrambling. views were amazing so well worth the effort. highly recommended

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Neil Webster
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Great walk made all the better by the excellent weather.

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Sarah W
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Steep climb with some scrambling in areas but the kids, 8 & 10 loved being mountain goats. Walk along the lake added some nice variety of terrains to the walk. Parking can be a problem though

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John Mounsey
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Brilliant family walk, views amazing on a beautiful day, went on to maiden moor for a bit extra, quite tough in places but very much enjoyed.

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Anika Mounsey
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HikingGreat!

WOW that was a great walk, beautiful scenery, easy climbing even for our 8 years old, we decided carry on to Maiden Moor

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Carina Murtaugh
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Claire Stevens
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One of my favourite walks in the lake district. Amazing views at the summit and the scramble up is actually really enjoyable and not overly challenging.

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Jordan Hammond
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Hannah Cafferky
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Very steep and icy climb in December but manageable descent. If you are feeling anxious about this walk I would do backwards but go back down the way you came up.

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Darren McWalters
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Connor Wilson
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Steep climb rewarded with breathtaking views from the top. Quite rocky in parts so walking boots required. Be careful with parking as myself and many others received parking fines.

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Matthew Bowling
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Great views from early all the way to the end. Must be wary where you walk as is quite rocky and can be slippery in icy conditions. The views though are simply stunning in clear weather. Watch where you park as I got caught with a parking ticket.

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Abigail Routledge
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HikingGreat!IcyRockyScramble

Gorgeous walk, easy to follow trail, dog friendly. Would recommend !

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Nicola Beretta
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Highly recommended. Start early in the morning for an explosion of colour when the sun hits the ridge. Right after the top, the path ahead to Maiden Moor is well worth a deviation, if only for the first 100m, for more views back over Cat Bells. Make sure you follow the circular route down to Derwent Water and along the shore, it's no harder than the way up and the views across the lake are stunning. If the sun comes out and the water is flat, the pier fading into a perfect mirror surface is a guaranteed like on Instagram.

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Mick Trinder
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Lovely walk up from Hawes end quite steep and a scramble at top then along to Cat bells and another scramble to summit , amazing views all the way up and along , quick bite to eat then down path to the lake , trail was wet but not too slippy , my girlfriends first climb struggled a bit at first but loved it once up high . All in all about 3hrs thouroughly recommended whatever the weather .

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Jo Williams
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Great walk, we went clockwise up the steps and back down the rocks and scramble. Great views at the top and only takes about 3 hours with lunch stop.

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Scott Harrison
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Dan Cropper
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Damien Hanlon
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