Sunset from a mountain

Season:Any
Duration:Half Day
Activity:Walking

Get those walking boots out, and walk up Cat Bells in the evening sunshine. You will be rewarded with a terrific sight of the sun setting over the Western fells.

Heading out as the day begins to draw in, remember you will be walking in the dark on your way down from the Cat Bells so pack a torch in your backpack. Be careful to watch your footing as you descend. If it's a clear night you might see a splendid array of stars starting to appear across the sky.

As it gets darker, it will get quite cold! Wear warm clothes and perhaps a thermos flask for a well-deserved drink at the top.

I would suggest you go down to Hawes Gate from the summit. And then down to Maiden Moor. This way you will be avoiding going down the rock steps in the dark.

Find more information about the mountains in Borrowdale such as High Spy, Dale Head, and Great Gable.

Further Information

We have other suggestions for places to watch the sun set; you could head to Jack Scout or Saltom Pit.

Or if you'd prefer to get up extra early in the morning, you could watch the sun wake up at Blea Tarn.

By Roy Henderson

I’m the National Trust ranger for Borrowdale and Newlands in the North Lakes, UK. I volunteered for the Trust when I came on the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme aged 13. I started by building a new fence on Friars Crag to tackle an erosion problem and making paths more accessible for people with limited mobility. I enjoyed it so much that I continued to volunteer until I left school and was lucky enough to get a job with the National Trust. After working for the Trust for 29 years, I still love the job.

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Cat Bells

Allerdale
Cumbria
United Kingdom

Ordnance Survey OL4
The English Lakes
North Western area

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