Catbells is a short, if not slightly steep climb around the picture-postcard setting of Derwent water in Keswick. There is a small carpark near Hawse End that gets particularly busy, and you will find people parking along the edge of the road. Get there early enough, and you should see ample space to park.
The views of the surrounding fells and lakes as you ascend up Catbells are beautiful, even on a traditional rainy Lakeland day.
Mid-way through your ascent you will encounter a slight scramble, but this is not too difficult and have myself witnessed grandparents climb without too much difficulty.
On a bright day, you will want to sit at the summit for hours, taking it all in.
Officially the wettest part of Britain, so don’t say I didn’t warn you. What this does mean though is that it has some of the greenest, freshest vegetation around and with that comes an abundance of wildlife. Great for kids who want to make an animal trail. My 3-year-old son, convinced the Gruffalo was hiding in these woods, walked with anticipation. Luckily, he was safe for another day.
The walk focusses around the river Derwent and can also encapsulate a hike to the summit of Castle Cragg. The ordnance survey has very kindly built this trail for you, starting and ending in the beautiful town of Grange.
Take a look here: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/1299737/Borrowdale-Woods-Walk
Blake Fell from Loweswater
On the much less visited side of the lakes, Loweswater will give you more peace and tranquillity than the hustle and bustle of the Keswick based fells on a summers day. Parking in the National Trust car park in Loweswater.
The ascent of this walk is gentle and provides excellent views towards the Vale of Lorton and Highnook Tarn. The area of Blake Fell is quite boggy and mossy by its nature, so on a wet day, you may want to take some gaiters with you. You will soon encounter Gavel Fell. Following the fence on the skyline, you will face the ascent to Blake Fell (which is as steep as it looks on approach)
Your return journey can take you past Highnook tarn and it’s worth the mini detour to see this beautiful landscape in all it's glory
With all these walks, please be prepared, take precaution and always carry a map and have a route planned before you begin your hike.