Cat Bells is a short, sharp, steep climb richly rewarded by spectacular views of Skiddaw, Newlands Valley to the west and Derwent Water to the east. On its own this short walk could be gently ambled along to make the most of a clear day. An afternoon, or summer evening brisk stroll would delight too. Go around anti-clockwise as we suggest here, the scrambly bits are easier in ascent, and the steps off the ridge whilst tedious get you down quickly and without difficulty.

The small car parking area near Hawse End gets quite busy. Please park responsibly, respect local residences and double yellow lines.