20th May 2007

Skiddaw number ten


Walk Overview
Time 9.30 to 14.40
Duration 5 hr 10 min
Distance 11.5 mile
Ascent 3250 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
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

The Moot Hall Keswick.

The view across to Carl Side, Skiddaw and Skiddaw Little Man.

A close up of Grisedale Pike seen above Braithwaite.

Although Skiddaw was the main aim of today's walk, we didn't take the quicker "tourist path" seen in this picture; instead we followed the Skiddaw House track for a little while before taking the steep grassy ridge up to Lonscale Fell.

As I said, steep and grassy.

With the Northern fells being separate from the rest of the Lake District as it were; any ascent done from this side will offer some incredible views. Miles of uninterrupted space and then ridges, lakes, valleys and more fell tops than you can shake a stick at.

The view north to Great Calve from Lonscale Fell.

A close up picture of Skiddaw House.

Jennifer approaching Lonscale Fell's eastern top.
The fell behind Jennifer is High Rigg and the Lake in the centre of the photo is Thirlmere.

Leaving Lonscale Fell and heading for Skiddaw Little Man.

And a little further along the route.

Blencathra and Lonscale Fell taken from the path up to Skiddaw Little Man.

Andrew walking the last couple of yards to Skiddaw summit on his tenth ascent this week.

In order to raise money for Keswick Mountain Rescue Team, Andrew challenged 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. He did in fact do the ten ascents ( I joined him on five of them ). The mileage Andrew covered during the week was 85 and the total ascent was worked out at 30,085ft

For more details and a link to sponsor Andrew, log on to his website at :-

Bassenthwaite Lake taken from Skiddaw summit.

Andrew and Anne in front of Derwent Water.

Heading down the "tourist" track with the long Eastern ridge behind.

One of the gliders that were being "launched" (we couldn't work out exactly how) from Latrigg.

Not quite the best light, but still a fine view.

The view back up to Jenkin Hill and Skiddaw Little Man.

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Lake District Walks