This was a new route up Skiddaw for both of us and one I'd never really thought about doing before. That was until we were on Ullock Pike last weekend and looking across to see if there was a path through the scree near the top. Prior to the walk we'd expected it to be on a par with the direct route up Kirk Fell, but the whole route turned out to be much easier than both of us had expected.
The initial section as far as Randal Crag actually had a decent path which made the going quite easy. And even though the scree section between Randal Crag and the summit had no path it wasn't too difficult at all. Admittedly it was very steep, but it was a more or less a case of walking through the grass for the steepest section, then when the grass eventually gave way to scree, the gradient eased off a little anyway.