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image for Walking Route item typeDay 2: Portinscale - Borrowdale at Keswick

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Derwentwater from Catbells

Derwentwater from Catbells


The sequentially stepped peaks of Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy on the western side of Borrowdale form the backbone of the second day's walk. Although of only moderate height their position high above the glistening waters of Derwentwater and the deep sheltered Newlands Valley give them a disproportionately elevated feel. Walking along their crest is a true delight and at every step you should have either binoculars or camera to hand. The high section of this walk over Cat Bells, Maiden Moor and High Spy can be short-cut by taking the Allerdale Ramble or the Cumbria Way from Hawes End to rejoin the route at Manesty.

Before setting off please make sure you plot the suggested route on OS maps and pack a compass. They are essential for a safe, enjoyable day in the hills!

Walk Route: Portinscale - Borrowdale

Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Miles: 10

Time/Effort 3 out of 5
Navigation 2 out of 5
Technicality 2 out of 5
Height gain/loss (metres) 850
OS map OS Landranger 90, OS Explorer OL 4 & 5




Plan route to Keswick using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: NY 266234  Lat: 54.60041 Long: -3.13767

Take jct 40 from the M6 onto the A66 from Penrith to Keswick.

Accessible by Public Transport: 18 miles from Penrith station