A Walk High above Borrowdale - Catbells, Maiden Moor and High Spy

A favourite walk and a must for new visitors is the ridge along the west side of Borrowdale. With spectacular views down to Derwentwater and up the Borrowdale Valley on one side and into Newands Valley on the other, it is both a perfect introduction to fell walking and a ridge of which you will never tire, no matter how many times you explore it,

The best way to start your day is to catch the launch across Derwentwater to Hawes End - there is a walker's special at 9.45am. Walk up through the woods and climb  the zig zag path up to the ridge of Catbells. Don't let the increasingly superb views distract you from choosing the best route up the rocky scrambles. This climb up Catbells is a wonderful introduction to the joys of mountains for all ages and has been the first 'real mountain' for many children. 

From the summit drop down to Hause Gate where paths lead down to the valleys on either side for those who have climbed enough for one day. If you still have plenty of energy go straight across the col and cllimb up to the broad ridge of Maiden Moor. As the path levels off don't be tempted to follow the broad track across the middle of the moor but take the smaller path to your right that follows the tops of the crags giving you delightful glimpses down into the Newlands Valley - look out for the white houses of Little Town far below you and the remains of Goldscope Mine at the foot of Hindscarth. 

Continue along the broad ridge to High Spy's prominent cairn. From here it is all downhill, firstly towards Dale Head Tarn and then through Rigghead Quarry to catch the bus in Rosthwaite.

Don't forget to plan your route before you set off and take an Ordnance Survey map with you. Go prepared with proper clothing and boots and provisions, remember the weather can change very quickly in the mountains.