12th May 2007

WALK 1 - Skiddaw the long and difficult way


Walk Overview
Time 08.00 to 14.00
Duration 6 hr
Distance 12.25 mile
Ascent 3500 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Moot Hall Keswick - Great Crosthwaite - A591 - Millbeck - Carsleddam - Carl Side - Skiddaw - Hare Crag - Skiddaw House - Lonscale Crags - Latrigg - Briar Rigg - Moot Hall Keswick
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Keswick

There are so many car parks and so many roadside options in Keswick I've grouped them all together into one. To state the obvious, the car parks all charge and the roadside parking is rather a hit and miss affair.


Route Map

Looking ahead to Millbeck.

Today I joined Andrew Leaney for two walks and two ascents of Skiddaw. Andrew is currently raising money for Keswick Mountain Rescue Team by challenging himself to ascend Skiddaw ten times in one week by different routes and with the total feet of ascent topping the height of Mount Everest. For more details and a link to sponsor Andrew log on to his website at :-

The view across to the North Western fells taken from the path leading to the bottom of Carsleddam. Some of the fells in view are Causey Pike, Barrow and Outerside.
The walk so far had been very warm, which isn't really a bad thing normally, but when this is accompanied by frequent showers, I for one get really uncomfortable. The rain did nothing to cool things down, but it was still heavy enough to require a water proof jacket, which in turn made it even warmer. Thankfully, once we started out ascent of Carsleddam the rain stopped and never returned.

A little further along the path and looking around towards Derwent Water.

I can't believe how much water this Heather managed to hold onto after a nights rain. By the time we reached the path below Carl Side we were soaked from above the knees downwards. The boots were squelching and a little feet maintenance was in order. When I say feet maintenance what I actually mean is we sat next to the path, empted the water out of out boots and wrung the water out of our socks.
Ten minutes invested in looking after your feet, could save hours of discomfort and pain later in a walk.

Well up in the clouds now at Carl Side summit.

Skiddaw summit.

Hare Crag with Skiddaw House behind.

From Hare Crag we needed to make our way across to the main Skiddaw House track through a short area which from above gives every impression of being very boggy. The route wasn't too bad at all as it turned out, not even when we had to cross this beck; one big step, one small splash and that was it over and done with.

Heading to Skiddaw House. There is actually a footbridge to cross the beck; just out of the picture on the left.

Skiddaw House.

This was a good sign; sunshine on High Rigg. The forecast was for the weather to improve during the afternoon and it was looking as though that was indeed the case.

And a close up of High Rigg. The tarn on this side of the fell is Tewit Tarn. Notice the busy A66 running across the picture.

Evidence of forest operations near Latrigg.

Standing still for a couple of seconds isn't too much to ask for. Never mind, at least the view behind is good.

Derwent Water, Keswick and lots of fells seen from Latrigg summit.

The view back up to Skiddaw with the summit almost out of cloud. It looks as though we'll get a view from the top on out second ascent after all.

First of all it was a walk back down to Keswick, a change of clothes, a sit down with fish & chips and then a drive round to High Side for our second walk of the day.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks