Hawes End, Cat Bells, and Derwent Circular Walk

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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2.5-3h
Distance
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6.6 km
Elevation
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396 m
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Hawes End, Cat Bells, and Derwent Circular Walk

The Hawes End, Cat Bells, and Derwent Circular Walk features some rugged uphill walking terrain along several summits that produce a great sightline across the surrounding Lake District landscape. While out on the trail you will climb the steep hillside from Hawes End to Cat Bells and enjoy views overlooking Derwent Water before descending the hillside for a scenic walk along the edge of the lake. Although some parts are challenging, this trail is a great option for families that enjoy walking through rough terrain.

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Route Description for Hawes End, Cat Bells, and Derwent Circular Walk

Walking the Hawes End, Cat Bells, and Derwent Circular is a tough outdoor activity in the Lake District that features some rugged terrain and is popular with a variety of walkers, including casual and seasoned outdoor enthusiasts, as well as families with adventurous children. The trail sets out towards the south and immediately begins climbing uphill along some steep terrain to reach the summit of Cat Bells. After taking in the breathtaking views overlooking Derwent Water, you will descend the hillside to the southeast, before turning north to walk along the edge of the lake. Enjoy some more stunning views across the water and bask in the peaceful lakeside setting, as you wake your way back to the trailhead where you began the walk.

Getting to the Hawes End, Cat Bells, and Derwent Circular Walk Trailhead

To get to the trailhead for the Hawes End, Cat Bells, and Derwent Circular Walk from The Chalet tearooms in Portinscale, drive south for 1.9 km and turn left. You will arrive at the trailhead in 0.8 km.

Route Information

  • When to do

    March-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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