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“too high and totally undeveloped”
Review of Skiddaw

Skiddaw
Ranked #67 of 433 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 21 August 2015

Compared to Snowdon summit this is a weak and poorly developed visitor attraction. Snowdon has a funicular railway to carry people to the summit. At Snowdon summit there is an excellent visitor centre with the full range of facilities - and the whole operation attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year.

Ascending to the summit of Skiddaw is an exhausting experience on the basis that the only means to get up there is to walk. It is just too high and too steep for most people. How can the Lake District National Park people expect people to go up there?. Be warned that ... THERE ARE NO FACILITIES AT THE SUMMIT. If you actually make it to the summit and then need the toilet then that is just too bad!.

I visited the summit this last weekend and was very disappointed with the experience. There was sod all to see and do there. If people had to pay to go there then nobody, and I mean nobody, would bother with it. The National Park people should charge visitors £5 to go the summit and use the proceeds to develop it. Essentials include a proper visitor centre. Long to medium term, consideration should be given to building a funicular railway to Skiddaw summit.

994  Thank Izzy L
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Reviewed 19 August 2015 via mobile

From lattrigg the first part is the worst, after that it gets easier! When you get to the 2nd gate go through it, as the hill to your left is 'little skiddaw'!! Good views from the top, the isle of man is visible!

3  Thank PHILIP H
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Reviewed 14 August 2015

Excellent introductory walk for novice walkers. The weather wasn't great, which was a shame, but you have to expect that sometimes up mountains!

2  Thank Dan_G_Wright
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Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

M y daughter and I are both over weight and unfit. We did the climb from Latriggs lower slopes. We made it to the top. Brilliant for us!

12  Thank Marijke A
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Reviewed 21 July 2015

Nice Mountain, it's quite easy to climb but it requires you to be a bit fit for not struggle.

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We also took with us our dog, she was really happy with this big walk.

I also recommend for you to take water with you and some healthy snacks.

Ah and don't forget to wear or take warm clothes, when you reach the summit even on summer is quite cold and wind is very strong!

I hope I could help you!

Enjoy this magical place!!

11  Thank Aline Zaida M
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