The Catbells direct

The weather has been much kinder to us today, so we decided to tackle catbells direct. Don't be fooled by the name this is a sharp ascent with some scrambling and I haven't done that for 15 years. We set out from Keswick via Portinscale and then through the beautiful woodland of Fawe Park to arrive at the base of the Skelgill ridge. A steep climb to 338 metres with a little scramble gets you on to the ridge. Jan had spaniel assistance and left me with the rucksack for dead. We cruised the busy ridge with ease until we hit the steep scree and short scramble up to 451 metres an Catbells proper! Our Discover shoe were fantastic on loose scree and scrambling up rocks firm footed and full of grip thanks to their Vibram soles. Quite a few hikers asked us what they were. As we moved past them in their clumpy boots. After the summit we descended rapidly like mountain goats to the Derwentwater side surefooted thanks to the cupped sole and midfoot rolingait system 14km of tough Lakeland fell covered in just over five hours. I think Daisy our Spaniel wishes she had some Discover shoes as she's absolutely shattered.