As we are planning to climb Snowdon in September we thought we had better get some practice in so last weekend we went up to the Lake District to walk up Catbells. We've never been up it before but it is a popular walk so we thought we would give it a go.
We had an early start as we knew parking would be tricky so once we had packed up a picnic we set off. We arrived just after 9.30 and found a nice shady parking space and then set off on our walk. It was a really hot day so we had packed plenty of water to keep us hydrated.
At the start of the walk there were a lot of ferns so Luke tried to hide from us!
Not long after we started we spotted a helicopter circling, it looked like it was looking for a place to land and then we realised it was going to land just in front of us. After a reasonably steep start it was a welcome rest as we waited for it to land.
The next bit of the walk was quite a climb, I hadn't realised that Catbells was so steep. In parts we were scrambling up rock which Luke loved. I actually found those bits easier than just walking up a path.
Once we reached the top we could admire the fantastic views of Derwent Water and the Lakeland hills.
The way down was very steep and we were glad we had done the walk the way we had as it would have been a very long climb doing it in reverse especially with it being so hot. As we had set off early we were down by lunchtime but we had drunk all our water in the time we were out. I thought this might happen so I had packed more and left it in the car for when we got back.
Once we had got back to the car we left our bags and took our picnic down to the lake and sat in the sun to eat. Luke decided to cool off in the lake!
On the way home we stopped off for a well deserved ice cream.
We had a lovely day out and the climb wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be when I first saw Catbells!