12. A late Autumn walk up Cat Bells
The car was parked in the limited parking space at Gutherscale and then curving round clockwise we headed due south along the ridge route of Skelgill Bank. The weather was a bit dull but the circular walk over Cat Bells was never-the-less quite glorious.
The Skiddaw range, The town of Keswick and Lake Derwent Water
Looking south to the southern end of Derwent Water
The Lake District, whatever the weather, is great atmospheric walking country.
Looking across from Skelgill Bank to the fells on the to the west of Cat Bells.
First sight of Catbells
A memorial plaque to Thomas Arthur Leonard, founder of the Co-operative and communal holidays and "Father" of the 'Open Air Movement' in this country. He was born in London on March 12th 1864 and died in Conway (Conwy) on the 19th July 1948. He believed that "The best things any mortal hath are those which every mortal shares" and he endeavoured to promote "Joy in widest commonality spread".
Looking north-east over Derwent Water
The Grisedale Pike range
Looking south-west to the Buttermere Fell range, Cat Bells summit on the left.
Views to the west
An easy track to follow! 3/4 of the walking party ahead
On the wind-blown summit of Cat Bells (Molly, Rebecca and Richard)
South-west view from the summit of Catbells
Western view from the summit of Catbells
Looking north towards Keswick
OS map time!
Starting to the descent over Mart Bield.
The descent to Hause Gate and Fellside
Now heading north just above Derwent Water ...
... eventually joining the minor road that heads for Keswick.
Lovely Autumn colours beginning to appear
Back at the mini-car park at Gutherscale, a good start and finishing point for the walk
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