Skelgill Bank and Catbells
Date: 25th November 2017 Distance: 6.1km (3.78 Miles) Parking: Car Park at Gutherscale
Start Location: Gutherscale Ascent (m/ft): 426m (1398ft) Weather:

Partly Sunny, Cold

Time Started: 10:00 Highest Point: Cat Bells (451m/1480ft) Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 Hours 48 Minutes        
Route: Gutherscale - Skelgill Bank (338m/1109ft) - Cat Bells (451m/1480ft) - Hause Gate - Fellside - Allerdale Ramble - Gutherscale
Today we planned a shorter walk to get up into the snow again and opted for Catbells thanks to its superb view and easy path. The route began ok but as we approached Skelgill Bank the north face became very icy but pleasant in the sunshine. We headed south along the ridge and up to the summit of Catbells which has recently had a viewing pillar built. Returning we came down towards Derwent Water and followed the terrace path round to the start.

Blencathra has a good dumping of snow on it this morning.

Todays view north looking to Skiddaw which is currently shrouded in cloud.

The path we just came up and the view to Causey Pike, Outerside and Barrow.

Derwent Water and Blencathra. On the right hand side is Walla Crag.

Snow on the Central Fells of Bleaberry Fell and High Seat.

Causey Pike.

Approaching the scramble just below Skelgill Bank.

Calm waters today on Derwent Water.

Now getting into the snow.

Skelgill Bank ahead and Catbells behind.

Dramatic views down to the Jaws of Borrowdale.

Beautiful Newlands Valley.

The path ahead over Skelgill Bank to Catbells.

Such a beautiful scene with moody skies.

Zooming in on Catbells. A few people at the summit I think.

Causey Pike again.

Knott Rigg and Ard Crags.


Hints of sunshine in the Newlands Valley from the summit of Skelgill Bank.

Sunshine on Causey Pike.

The view down to Skelgill Bank and Skiddaw.

Derwent Water, Blencathra and some of the distant eastern fells like Clough Head and Great Dodd.

Clough Head.

High Seat with the snowy eastern fells behind.

North to Bassenthwaite Lake.

Such a great view for a small fell thats easy to get to the summit of.

Catbells summit with Maiden Moor, Hindscarth and Robinson behind.

The new pillar at the top.

Pointing to the nearby fells.

Beautiful views east to Bleaberry Fell and High Seat.

Maiden Moor.

Hindscarth and Robinson.

Minimal snow down this low, looking into Borrowdale.

A final view across Derwent Water.