6th August 2016

The Skiddaw Fells and Skiddaw House

Time 8:05am to 2:35pm
Duration 6 hr 30 min
Distance 14.9 mile
Ascent 4200ft is close enough
Walking with On my own
Spooney Green Lane - Gale Road Car Park - Lonscale Fell - Jenkin Hill - Skiddaw Little Man - Skiddaw - Bakestall - Birkett Edge - Dash Fall - Skiddaw House - Lonscale Crags - Whitbeck - Gale Road Car Park - Latrigg - Mallen Dodd - Spooney Green Lane
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Roadside, Spooney Green Lane, Keswick

I'm sure the people in the houses on the opposite side of the road get fed up with so many people parking here, but the fact is that we all have a car and we all need to park it somewhere.

The obvious fell to walk to from here is Latrigg, but the more adventurous could easily carry on and head onto the Skiddaw fells.

Route Map


After yesterday's walk over Ullock Pike where I saw how nice the heather was, as promised, I returned to the area for a walk that included Skiddaw House and the acres of heather that surround the building. Here I take a picture of the Skiddaw fells from the end of Spooney Green Lane. Why am I parked here instead of Gale Road, well, apparently the road itself is in a bad state and I saw no reason to wreak the car just to save a mile or so if walking.

A north western fells view from the side of Latrigg.


The 'tourist route' so called, seen from the Harwill Monument.

Height is gained and because Skiddaw is set apart from the rest of the fells things don't just look smaller, they look more distant than they probably are.


Lonscale Fell summit.


On route off Skiddaw Little Man I take this picture looking across to Skiddaw itself. I can only see about 3 people down there so it looks like I've got up here well before the place got too busy.

Looking ahead to Skiddaw.

The view from the top.

Skiddaw summit. I would have taken a picture including the trig column but three other guys thought it belonged to them, or, giving them the benefit of the doubt, perhaps they didn't see me standing next to them.

Heading down to Bakestall.

Binsey, seen from the track above Dash Falls.


What a shame, the cloudiest bit of the walk was done when I would have most liked a bit of sunshine. Never mind, the scent was lovely and as a bonus, I had the whole place to myself.


I arrived at Skiddaw House just as all the midges came out to have something to eat. Never mind, I still had time to pop a pound in the tin and take out a piece of flapjack before heading further along the path for something to eat.

Looking across to Great Calve and in the far distance Carrock Fell. Lots of space around here if you like that sort of thing - - I do.

Mungrisdale and the back side of Blencathra.

Now that I'm a safe distance from the midges I stop for dinner and a picture.

Heading for Lonscale Crags.

The marker stone. Not much use if you're going anywhere other than Keswick though eh.

The view back. The dark pointed fell is Great Calva.

The steep bit on Lonscale Crags.


Whit Beck is crossed in lovely hot sunshine.


As I was so close I thought I'd walk back over Latrigg instead of heading straight down. Very busy up here despite the photo not showing it like that.


And to finish, the A66.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks