Lake­land Moun­tain

Cat Bells, Cum­bria

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A“proper lit­tle moun­tain”, a “fam­ily fell’, a “moun­tain in minia­ture”. If ever there was a hill to be fond of, it’s Cat Bells.

The iconic peak – be­lieved to be a dis­tor­tion of ‘Cat Bields’, mean­ing ‘the home of the wild cat’ – sits en­tic­ingly above the town of Keswick and Der­went Wa­ter. It’s uni­ver­sally loved, and for good rea­son – the panoramic views of the Lake District from its sum­mit are the per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to the national park’s mir­ror-like lakes, wild moun­tains and lush val­leys.

“It is one of the great favourites, a fam­ily fell where grand­moth­ers and in­fants can climb the heights to­gether, a place beloved,” wrote great lover of the Lakes Al­fred

Cat Bells (451m) may be half the height of the Lake District and Eng­land’s tallest peak Scafell Pike but, reach its sum­mit, and you will feel like you’ve con­quered a true moun­tain

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