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Skiddaw - 8th October 2012

 
  Garmin GPS Data  
  Distance 8.58 miles  
  Time Elapsed 5 hours 30 minute  
  Time Moving 3 hours 57 minutes  
  Elevation Gain 3,239 feet  
  Elevation Loss 3,349 feet  
  Minimum Elevation 266 feet  
  Maximum Elevation 3,087 feet  

For our climb of Skiddaw we drove through Keswick and took the A591 towards Bassenthwaite and parked off-road near the Ravenstone Hotel. From here the path rises sharply through the woods until it breaks out in open land on the foothills of Ullock Pike. After climbing Ullock Pike, the path follows the line of Longside Edge, a ridge not dissimilar in shape to Crib Goch in Snowdonia, but with a broader ridge. This part of the climb was really enjoyable, with views of Little Man straight ahead and of Skiddaw itself to the left. The path drops down onto a col, from which a rough scree path leads to the Skiddaw summit. The first part of this scree path is fairly gentle, but the last third becomes quite steep and it is a struggle to the top. The path leads to the eastern most of the two Skiddaw peaks; the Western peak is a short distance away via a shallow col. After leaving Skiddaw we descended to the north of Little Man, with views of Blencathra to the north-east. The path comes out at the foot of Latrigg Fell, with a short walk in to the centre of Keswick.

Pam, Lesley, Jim, Tony & Tony

The path climbs steadily in open land shortly after leaving the Bassenthwaite road

Looking across the valley to Skidaw

 

looking back along the path we have just climbed

Looking back to Bassentwaite

A rest, before we tackled Longside Edge

Longside Edge in the background

On Longside Edge

Looking back at Longside Edge

Starting the climb up the scree to Skiddaw

At the Eastern summit, with the Western summit in the background

Looking over Bassenthwaite from the Western summit

Tony, Pam, Tony and Lesley approaching the Western summit

The Western summit

 

Heading down to the east of Little Man

Blencathra in the distance

A monument above Keswick in memory of two Skiddaw sheperds Edward Hawell (1813-1889)
and his son Joseph Hawell (1857-1891), both of Lowscale

Looking back on our route