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Skiddaw from Keswick

January 21, 2018

Skiddaw from Keswick is the most popular route up the mountain. It is straightforward on good tracks although I have varied the descent here to make it a circular option.

The Walk

Climbing Skiddaw is in the family. 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.

The descent though makes the walk. An awkward start over the slates improves after dropping to a small, exquisite tarn on the col with Carl Side. From here the ridge down to Millbeck is excellent, a good quick track with views over the fells of Derwentwater spread out in front.

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

Recommend

There are a number of smaller Wainwrights that dot around Skiddaw which are easy to tick off for any bagger. 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′).

Navigation Tips on Skiddaw from Keswick

The main difficulty is finding the path on the summit ridge that drops down towards the tarn. It is 1/4 of a mile from the trig point and before you reach the south end of the summit ridge. Because it is on slate it is difficult to spot.

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