Catbells can be reached by ferry from Keswick, or by road from either end. Our hosts recommended it as one of the best walks in the area and it is supposed to be the most popular path in the Lake District. There certainly were lots of walkers when we did it.
Don't be fooled by that though- there are some very steep and tricky parts to it. My wife (who is very small) and I do quite a bit of walking, but she wondered a couple of times if she could cope with the steepest sections with her short legs. However, with perseverance, anyone in reasonable health could probably do it- and of course there's always those who run up to show us how easy it is(n't)!
At the top, the views are spectacular and it really is worth the effort. We walked up one way and down the other, returning on the lakeside path at the bottom. Made a lovely round trip.
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