As stated in Wainwright's Book Six "The North Western Fells", Cat Bells is one of the great favourites of the North Western fells, a family fell, suitable for all.
The views from this route are spectacular - the Coleman Horseshoe to the west and Derwent Water to the east, not to mention the other dales that can be seen en route. Cat Bells' shapely topknot catches the eye, offering a steep but relatively simple scramble to the small summit (which also makes it ideal for days when the mist is down!)
From the summit the descent is a steep, stepped path through Hause Gate to join the Allerdale Ramble back towards Hawes End. Take care not to wander off the path, as there are many open shafts on both flanks.