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image for Walking Route item typeHigh Spy, Maiden Moor & Cat Bells from Borrowdale at Keswick

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Walking with Polartec, Derwentwater

Walking with Polartec, Derwentwater


The western side of Borrowdale is a long undulating ridge occupied by three attractive little peaks, High Spy, Maiden Moor and Cat Bells. Each one of them has its own distinct profile and individual character; surprisingly as the drop between each one is not particularly great and only just sufficient to warrant individual peak status. The whole heights and gaps business falls by the wayside when you actual get on the ridge though, for the walk along its crest is magnificent. On either side of the ridge there is interest all the way. You get glimpses down into the hanging corries and crags on either side, secretive places that people very rarely bother getting into, all of which is set against the back drop of Borrowdale, the Newlands Valley, the central fells and Skiddaw.

From Keswick this walk is best accessed by making use of the regular water bus service which plies its trade around the numerous jetties on the lake shore. The trip is very enjoyable in its own right and you can catch it in either a clockwise and anti-clock wise circuit.

Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Miles: 9

Time/Effort 3 out of 5
Navigation 2 out of 5
Technicality 2 out of 5
Height gain/loss (metres) 800
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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