On our Sunday up in the Lakes Vickie and I decided to walk up Cat Bells, Vickie’s first Wainwright!!! We drove over to Keswick from St. Bees and parked in the car park at the pencil factory and had a general womble around the town in the morning. In the afternoon we caught the ferry across, having to get off at Brandlehow as the Hawse End landing stage was closed. We wandered along the shore to the bottom of the hill at Hawse End, and ambled up on to the first summit, and along to below the second. There were a few rocky bits that I wouldn’t fancy dragging my granny up, as AW suggested! I went up over the summit to make sure that it wasn’t too rocky, which it wasn’t, so we headed along the ridge dropping down from Hause Gate and back to the ferry at Brandlehow, pausing momentarily to observe the old mine workings which are mostly fenced in. We had to run for the boat both leaving and returning to Keswick, but were lucky to make both sailings. The weather was largely good, and we had an awesome day, the rain holding out till we were back on the boat!