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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!


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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • Jonathan says:

    None, plenty of stone walls is your best bet

  • Ed says:

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

  • Jonathan says:

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

  • Luke says:

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

  • Jonathan says:

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

  • Lucille says:

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

  • Jonathan says:

    Yes, fine for a dog, no stiles.

  • Alicia says:

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

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