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We climbed this via a excellant Ridge walk called Longside Edge. This is an excellant walk with views, with a few short scambles. The last push to the top was a very steep bit, which is very open. The views of the North of Cumbria across to the Solway Firth, and the views of Derwent Water are excellant.

This is on the whole an excellant walk, but only in good weather. The views make this special. JE

Skiddaw, England's fourth highest peak, rises to the North of Keswick and is the most prominent fell seen from there - its vast bulk contributing considerably to the sheltered climate enjoyed along the shores of Derwentwater - if also to the rainfall.

The most popular ascent route is by the tourist route from the Latrigg car park following a wide track past Skiddaw Little Man to the summit. The route is without any difficulty and is safe in mist though I would agree that the Longside Edge route described above is the best way up Skiddaw. PB

Elevation (feet): 3,054
Elevation (meters): 931
Continent: Europe
Country: United Kingdom
Range/Region: Lake District
Latitude: 54.648909
Longitude: -3.147755
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
First successful climber(s): Don't Know
Convenient Center: Keswick, Cumbria

Thanks to Jonathan Elford for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

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There are 10 trip reports for Skiddaw.

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  • Log #18898 - by an anonymous user on Oct 21, 2005
    our party of 12, including 2 eleven year olds, braved the high winds and low cloud as we set off up the tourist route from the car park just north of Latrigg. The wind blew away my 2 1/2" map...
  • Log #14784 - by Becky Fishenden on July 21, 2004
    Great way to celebrate my birthday. Weather was excellent, had some fantastic views from the top.
  • Log #14785 - by Andy Bannister on Dec 24, 2003
    On a clear day, the views across the Vale of Keswick are unbelievable good. On a non-clear day, Skiddaw can attract some of the worst weather in the region.
  • Log #14786 - by Phil Hollywood on June 13, 2003
    The 50th anniversary of the ascent of Everest! Eric, Paul, Bridget and I celebrated with champagne, at the summit.
  • Log #14787 - by Gordon L. Hewstone on Mar 01, 2003
    It's a long while since I climbed this one but I remember adding a few hundred feet to the climb by starting from the Low Briary holiday village by the River Greta at the foot of the mountain rather...
  • Log #14788 - by L.Blackburn on Feb 28, 2003
    He may be the oldest mountain in england, but on 25/01/03 he was also a bit irate. The wind as you reached the summit was verging on the side of dangerous, with me and my partner (Tracy) having to...
  • Log #14789 - by Brian Prince on Oct 22, 2002
    I started from the car park above Latrigg Fell, near Keswick. It was a crisp, clear winter day at the very beginning of the year. I followed a trail above a rushing river in a valley formed by...
  • Log #14790 - by Kevin Cooper on July 15, 2002
    Walked and biked this mountain several times now - I always try to fit it in when I'm in the English Lakes. If you're near Keswick, give it a go, it's an easy climb and the views are fantastci on a...
  • Log #14791 - by Willie Sacks on Oct 01, 2000
    For such an ugly country as england the lake district is unbelievably lovely. Skiddaw is a very easy mtn to climb and it rains a lot.
  • Log #14792 - by Jonathan Elford on July 10, 2000
    If you are in the Lake District, don't miss this one!!!