Climbing Skiddaw from Keswick

  • Climbing Skiddaw, the classic route
  • Superb views throughout the walk
  • Enjoy the excellent paths and easy walking

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 from 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′).


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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