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“Good and Easy Walk to the summit of the 6th highest mountain in England”
Review of Skiddaw

Skiddaw
Ranked #79 of 420 things to do in Lake District
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Owner description: This massive mountain, whose summit rises more than 3,000 feet, stands tall in the north Lakes overlooking the town of Keswick and Derwent Water.
Reviewed 13 July 2013

Following the Cumbria Way out of Keswick to the Latrigg car park, Jenkin Hill does require a bit of stamina on ascent, but the path is good throughout. Detour for Lesser Man and then Little Man, both worth "bagging" while you are on the hill and then a final very short push to the rocky summit. Great views and well worth the effort. On the descent visit the viewing point on Latrigg. It has to be one of the best views in the Lake District. ALWAYS carry a map and a compass, know how to use them and remember that conditions can change very quickly in the hills.

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Reviewed 11 June 2013

The gently rolling rocky summit of Skiddaw can be a little disappointing because the views from around the trig point at its peak are not so extensive or rugged looking as those from some other locations in the Lakes such as the summit of Pillar and looking South along the ridge of course all you can really see is ridge top. This shouldn’t put you off an ascent of this 931m peak and if you are lucky enough to see it with the surrounding peaks poking up through the cloud layer you realise that there are routes up it that offer plenty of great views along with the satisfaction of bagging one of the Northern peaks in Lakeland.

I can think of four possible well defined routes up Skiddaw and have walked three of them. One of the nicest because it follows the rugged line of the Allerdale Ramble over Ullock Edge begins down at the A591 and follows the track upwards in a long steady ascent to eventually cross Longside Edge and join the track coming up from the South. This is a very nice route either up or down and a little less popular than staring East of Applethwaite.

This latter path does have a good car park, is easily reached from Keswick and when I last walked it a few days ago it even had a very handy temporary toilet of the kind usually found at festivals and shows. This car park with room for maybe 20-30 cars can be found at NY28073 25360 (Lat. 54.61824, Long. -3.11534). Go ahead through the gate and turn left to head to the start of the path you can see snaking up the hillside and simply follow it. A short, fairly steep detour is possible to pass over what look like small twin peaks forming Little Man (865m) but don’t expect to keep your height gain as you have to drop down at the far end to meet the main track for the last real walk uphill.

An alternative way up is to leave the Cumbrian Way where it meets the less well frequented path up Birkett Edge at NY272482 31292 (Lat. 54.67138, Long. -3.12966). This might for example be an option if you are staying at the YHA hostel of Skiddaw House and takes you up over Bakestall before turning roughly ESE toward Skiddaw. This probably has the least to offer in the way of great views and the route up somehow seems more of a slog, perhaps because of that, until you get further up.

There is another route I know of that after a short spell heading NE from Millbeck turns sharply back to find the line roughly North up towards Carl Side beyond which it joins the upper stretch of the Allerdale Ramble mentioned above. I haven’t walked this route and can’t comment on how good it is. If you want a long steady walk with good views I would recommend the one starting East of Applethwaite, while the path up over Ullock Edge is more rugged and a little more strenuous.

Skiddaw is a pleasant peak and like others in the Lake District should be treated with respect. The tracks are good and well defined but weather can change quickly and you should be sure you can cope with it and have the knowledge and means to find your way. Phone signals can be sporadic in the area and you shouldn’t rely on it to get you out of trouble. It’s a popular spot though and you may find yourself in a small crowd on a sunny day so if you plan to have lunch on top it’s probably worth stopping at one of the two stone shelters made up along the ridge nearby or just picking a spot away from the peak on a sunny day. In winter this is, as always a place to venture only if you have the experience for the conditions.

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Reviewed 10 June 2013

Got the x4 or x5 I forget to Ravenstone Lodge from Keswick. A pretty steep climb up to Ullock Pike and then a gentle roll over Long side and then to Carl side. The path then up Skiddaw is not for the inexperienced, this is steep across and up shale and slate and a pretty tough scramble so one not for families. The views this way are far better than the main route up Skiddaw, the walk is far better but it is more challenging.

Once on the summit it is very nice though sometimes very busy, I walked back down the main route via a couple of diverts and it did look a long dull drag up and I was glad I came down this route. They say you have not climbed Skiddaw until you have climbed the Ullock Pike route either way it would be a tough slog up there.

It is apparently the oldest mountain in the Lakes, its over 3000 feet and the views are wonderful.

I overheard someone moaning about it been a boring mountain, I have to disagree. It is a beautiful mountain and spending time on it a pleasure. AW loved it and now I know why.

1  Thank Duderoo1975
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Reviewed 9 June 2013

We climbed Skiddaw with the niave impression that it would be a "gentle-stroll for inexperienced walkers" thanks to another review site...

We started on a hot day from the Keswick Leisure centre, crossed over the A66 and walked up the 'tourist' path. There is carparking available part way up (but we are told this is full very early on a nice day!) The start of the tourist path is very steep but then becomes gentler with the occasional steep part. However is a gradual climb so we felt this on our legs!

Do not be fooled...! What you think is the top of Skiddaw isn't and there is always another peak behind it! This happened about 5 times before we saw and got to the real one but it's worth it for the gorgeous views you will get on a clear day as you climb up. At the top there is a Queen's Silver Jubilee marker which is a good photo opportunity with the views behind you.

From the top you can either go back down the way you came or take the alternative route down the other side of the 'hill'. The first part is very steep and is not a proper path, it is rocky with unstable ground so is not easy to negotiate. That said we managed and after that it is fairly 'tourist path' like again so not as bad. Again lovely views and a pleasant walk but it does put strain on your knees as it is steep and at times hard to negotiate (walk sideways!!)

As an inexperienced walker I would say that this is not the 'easy' walk I read about on another review site but is a challenging walk. It is definately do able and I imagine with a better fitness level, somewhat easier than I found it(!) but it is certainly not a gentle Sunday afternoon walk. You need to be prepared for a challenge with walking boots, water and at least 5 hours to spare!

Despite highlighting the challenges...I actually really enjoyed it and the views were worth the challenge :-) Just go into it with your eyes open!

Thank Bexltl
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Reviewed 23 May 2013

Never walked up a hill before. Bit of a desire to tick this off a list "climb a mountain" Not quite climbing I know but a flipping good walk never the less. Parked somewhere near Applethwaite. Took approx 3 hours to summit. Fabulous weather. Slight mist rolling around as we get higher. But the wind kept blowing it away. Fabulous views of Derwent water all the way up. Just unfortunate that the misy had really come down right at the last bit. So view was none existent. Amazed at how cold it can get and the wind really whisled around us. Some really steep parts initially but does settle down and make for a good healthy walk. Well worth doing at some point in your life.

Thank InaTizzi
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