Catbells and Derwentwater

The Catbells

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The British Trip

September 15, 2022: Keswick, England. Today we climbed up and up to the Summits of Catbells and Maiden Moor, with views over the Derwentwater. Brilliant! 

The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal.
― Alfred Wainwright

Our “British Trip” hikes seem to get more breathtaking as we meander North.  Catbells and Maiden Moor, in the North Lakes District, was the best yet.

Fell Walking

Brits head to the Lake District for “fell walking” – hiking the hills. The highest fells stand just over 3,000 feet.  While they are about half the height of the taller Blue Ridge peaks in the eastern US, they still get your legs burning and heart pumping.  Pastures and sheep cover most fells, so the views go for miles over the region’s lakes.

Catbells Fell

Hikers of all abilities climb Catbells.  Two lean trail runners zipped by us (I applauded them on).  A few wheezed their way to the false summit, half-way up the fell.  Most persevered to fantastic views from the at the 1,500-foot peak. And why is it named “Catbells” you ask? No idea!

Newlands Valley left of the false summit
And Derwentwater on the right
Catbells and Derwentwater
Derwentwater from Catbells, with the false summit below

Maiden Moor Fell

We followed the ridgeline onward, first down then back up to the Maiden Moor fell, at 1,900 feet.  We had two other silent couples for company, enjoying the verdant views.  As the British say, “brilliant”.

Then we wound our way back down a steep descent to our car, where the reverie was broken by a parking ticket on the windshield. I should have known that perfect spot at the trailhead was too good to be true.  While the hike was brilliant, my parking was not!

Ridge Path to Maiden Moor
View from Maiden Moor Peak

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