The ridge walk from Catbells to High Spy is a delightful walk and fairly easy going and was the choice for today.


Date: 9th September 2014 Ascent (m/ft): 925m (3035ft)
  Start Location: Hawse End Highest Point: High Spy (653m/2142ft)
  Time Started: 08:45 Parking: Car Park near Hawse End
  Duration: 6 Hours 32 Minutes Weather: Hazy, Mostly Cloudy

15.3km (9.5 Miles)

Difficulty: Moderate
Hawes End - Skelgill Bank (338m/1109ft) - Catbells (451m/1480ft) - Hause Gate - Maiden Moor (576m/1890ft) - Narrow Moor - High Spy (653m/2142ft) - Newlands Beck - Newlands Valley - Goldscope Lead Mines - Little Town - Ghyll Bank - Skelgill - Hawes End

All is calm on Derwent Water this morning.

Skiddaw is still in cloud and there is a thick haze about today.

Lonely Island on Derwent Water.

Stoneycroft Gill. Thats Causey Pike on the left and Barrow on the right. In the centre is Outerside and in the background is Grisedale Pike.

Now on Skelgill Bank and looking to Catbells and Maiden Moor.

The Newlands Valley with Hindscarth and Robinson in the centre.

The summit view from Catbells looking north to Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw.

The bulk of the North Western Fells.

Maiden Moor - the next fell for today.

Catbells summit.

This is about a mile or more from the last photo and shows Catbells and the Newlands Valley from Bull Crag.

Mines far below in the Newlands Valley.

Maiden Moor summit cairn with Hindscarth and Robinson behind.

Dale Head and Hindscarth.

The large summit cairn on High Spy.

A view south towards Glaramara, Bowfell, Esk Pike, Great End and Great Gable. Pike O'Stickle is over to the far left.

Dale Head.


Starting the descent to the valley floor.

The path down along the full length of the valley. Its one of those walks that seems to take forever and never really get anywhere...