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A view of Catbells from near Friars Crag on the opposite side of Derwent Water

Catbells is a fell in the English Lake District in the county of Cumbria. It has a modest height of 451 metres (1,480 ft).[1] It is one of the most popular fells in the area. It is on the western shore of Derwent Water within 3 miles (5 km) of the busy tourist town of Keswick.[2] Its distinctive shape catches the attention of many visitors to the Lakes who like to climb to the top. There is a view of this mountain from Friars Crag on the opposite side of Derwent Water. The fell's unusual name may have come from a distortion of "Cat Bields" meaning shelter of the wildcat. But this is not certain. The fell's name is sometimes written as "Cat Bells".

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  1. Rick Steves, Rick Steves' Great Britain (Pgw, 2014), p. 550
  2. Mountford John Byrde Baddeley, The English Lake District (London: Dulau & Co., 1902), p. 242