… A gentle family walk…
We boarded a boat at Keswick Launch which took us to the other side of Derwent Water for our planned day on the hills. We had our light-weight waterproofs on as it had rained pretty much since we had arrived in the lake district but the weather man had promised us a better day for our walk up to the top and by the time we arrived at Hawes End, our starting point for the walk, the clouds had started to break.
Hubby was in charge of navigating so, as is often the way, I just tagged along, but it was reassuring to see someone had been before us and left us instructions.
True to its description, and most definitely compared to our climb up the “PYG track” on Snowdon, Catbells was quite a gentle climb, and we did see quite a few families.
At about half way up we stopped for a short while for me to take a few photos over Derwent Water and back towards Keswick.
At about the same place I took a photo in the opposite direction, into the hills.
Now I believe there is a connection to a Beatrice Potter story here… “The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle”
A little girl who lives in a farm called “Little town” (very possibly one of the ones I’ve caught in the photo here) runs up the hill in search of her missing handkerchiefs and finds Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, a hedgehog in the middle of doing the laundry for all of the other animals. Mrs Tiggy-Winkle has washed and dried the little girl’s handkerchiefs and they make their way back down to the farm, delivering fresh laundry as they go.
After our encounter with Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, its just a nice gentle stroll to the top of Catbells, however, I wasn’t prepared for the scramble on all fours for the last ten or fifteen feet to get there.
The clouds were kind to us and parted nicely for a few snaps back down on Derwent Water and Keswick before we made our way back down to Hawes End and the last boat of the day back to Keswick Launch.
More from before : a week in the “Lake District” in July 2010.