Classic Skiddaw Climb

  • The classic climb of Skiddaw from Keswick
  • Superb views throughout the walk
  • Enjoy the excellent paths and easy walking

My mother used to take this walk up Skiddaw (3,052′) as an evacuee during the war and it remains very popular today; however she did have the advantage of being able to stop and refresh at the infamous half way hut (long since disappeared). It is certainly the most straight forward route up one of the highest English mountains with the gradient fairly constant throughout. The views are superb both down Borrowdale to the south and in to the more wild country to the north. I must admit to not having down this walk recently (preferring the climb from Bassenthwaite) but I was tempted one snowy winters day and had a very enjoyable day.

There are a number of smaller Wainwrights that dot around Skiddaw which are easy to click off for any visitor – they are here: Little Man (2837′), Carl Side (2420′), Long Side (2405′), Lonscale Fell 2344′), Ullock Pike (2230′), Dodd (1612′)( and of course Latrigg (1203′).

The photos were taken on a winter walk with Mist which was superb!

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Skiddaw from Keswick

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL4 The English Lakes North West Buy Map
Start Point: NY270238. Park up near the swimming pool and follow the road past the old rail station for 1/2 km. The path then is signed Skiddaw on your right.
Height to Climb: 931 ms (3053 feet)
Terrain: Good path all the way to the summit area. The main path skirts Little Man and on the return follow the direct path down from the shoulder with Carlside directly to Millbeck
Eating & Drinking: Keswick and a picnic are the only options as my mother's half way house has long gone!
Similar Walks Nearby: Skiddaw via Ullock Pike
Climbing Blencathra
Derwentwater via Walla Crag
Places to Stay: Croft House Cottages, nr Keswick


  1. Jonathan says:

    Hi Adele, it is always good to be able to read a map and take one with you. On this walk the cloud can come down quickly but the good thing it is a good obvious path all the way to the summit.

  2. Adele Williams says:

    Can anyone tell me if it is easy to get lost on the way to the summit of skiddaw? do you need to have good navigational skills?

  3. Jonathan says:

    None, plenty of stone walls is your best bet

  4. Ed says:

    What toilet facilities are available for walkers on the route up Skidaw?

  5. Jonathan says:

    Yes but hard work as the drop in to Glenderamackin is very low, it is almost two separate climbs.

  6. Luke says:

    Just wondering if it’s possible to walk the two mountains blencathra and skiddaw in one route??

  7. Jonathan says:

    It really depends how fit you are. From Keswick it may be 3 hours up and a couple down.

  8. Lucille says:

    hi , just wondering how long of a walk this is generally to the peak , thanks 🙂

  9. Jonathan says:

    Yes, fine for a dog, no stiles.

  10. Alicia says:

    Hello, could you tell me if this walk is dog friendly? Many thanks!

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