Catstye Cam & Birkhouse Moor

Friday 30th October 2020

A fell that I haven't actually been to that many times - but one that always helps me identify all the 'Wainwrights' that are on view, wherever I am in the lakes (providing it can be seen of course). Catstye Cam has a very unmistakable shape, and from spotting its symmetrical pyramid profile - I can always work out the surrounding fells - Helvellyn, Dollywaggon, Nethermost etc …. I'd say its downfall is that there's not a great deal of scope for new and different circular routes to climb it. It's either an 'add on' from the standard Helvellyn circular, or a trip up Birkhouse Moor and back to Glenridding. Nonetheless, it's a fine peak - a real mountain profile, best done when the fells have their winter coats on, as the central views are captivating.

Birkhouse Moor - well, nothing much to add there, barely noticeable as you follow the striding edge convoy.

We enjoyed a drizzly morning and a windswept lunch by Red Tarn - but then a wonderful clear afternoon in the sun in still conditions - finished of with beers in the Travellers Test (impressive Beer Garden - that must be new, can't say I've noticed it before), but certainly great views over Glenridding.

Another lockdown looming …. may not see the lakes again for a while - 2020 has been a poor year all round (except for my Grandson of course).

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Distance: 9.3 miles
Duration: 5:30 hours
Ascent: 2753 ft
Difficulty: Moderate
Accompanied By: Brian
Weather: Drizzle am/Dry & Sunny pm

Wainwrights Visited

3D outline of route