Did this as part of a larger route including Blease Fell (805 m), Blencathra (868 m), Skiddaw Little Man (865 m), Ullock Pike (692 m), Long Side (734 m) and Carl Side (746 m) then via Millbeck back to Thelkeld. Approx. 26 miles in total.
Ken guiding again having done it previously. My first time. Took the shorter route from The Old Sawmill tearoom alongside Bassenthwaite lake.
A fine clear day with great views from the top.
Having just climbed a long scramble route Pen by Thor's Buttress to top of Scafell Pike, I had decided I wanted to make the most of having driven all the way to the Lakes when my companion had to return. I had never climbed Skiddaw and this was my opportunity, although the weather was fairly poor. I set off walking from car-park east of Applethwaite at 9pm with an hour of daylight left - and walked east past the start of the main drag up Skiddaw via Little Man and then north up the valley between Skiddaw and Blencathra, to camp about 1km S of the 'highest Youth Hostel in England'. Next day in low cloud, high winds and intermittent rain I passed the YHA, climbed up over Bakestall and on to Skiddaw to return to the car park down the main ascent route, past Little Man.
A friend and I had some time to waste so we rambled up Skiddaw taking in Little Man along the way. A bit of an unrelenting slog up but nice and easy and quick.
From Applethwaite on a day of mixed weather, long walk back taking in Carl Side, Long Side & Ullock Pike
Done this a few times and always in bad weather!
Plodded up the tourist track from Gale Road, detoured up Little Man and cut over into the S Face before climbing up to the top. Lived up to all my expectations- a great mountain. Spent 3 hours on the summit i liked it that much.
Fantastic day of sunshine and a great way to finish off some hiking in the Lakes. Left from Rosthwaite following the Cumbria Way up to Keswick and then continued up and over Latrigg. From the carpark to the summit 62 minutes. Came down over Skiddaw Little Man and back to the parking lot via the standard route.
Breath of fresh air after the Xmas excess. Even managed to get partner Sharon up her first 3000er. And just about last too:-(
Finally bagged my last English 3000er. Been putting it off for years as it never looked as interesting as other climbs/scrambles. Great in wet/winter weather....
Good fun....not the first climb of Skiddaw, but the best so far coz of the snow and sun!
Climbed this one a few times, the most recent from Millbeck via Carl Side, with every conceivable type of weather. On top it was around -15C blowing a gale with a mix of snow and hail. 90 minutes later we were paddling in the pools by Carsleddam dam/waterfall in about 10C compete contrast.
My wife and I took my parents up Skiddaw on their first trip to the Lakes. It was a nice easy hike but getting snowed on on the summit added a little bit of adventure.
An absolutely freezing cold day. Bassenthwaite was frozen over (not a sight I've since seen). The route over Longside Edge was perfect until we entered the clouds and hit the gale. There were snow crystals blown into all manner of shapes. Totally outstanding.
A cold clear day out. Met a lad on top who'd bivvied the night on the summit! Lunatic
Climbed by mountain bike. Must admit to having to 'push' up some of it. Anyone cleaned it?
Sweltering heat made it very hard going up until the final push to the summit where a stong wind help cool us down. Views from the summit were fantastic, if a little hazy but it was a bit of a slog getting there!
My first 3,000 ft summit on a great day. Accompanied by my dad and my uncle and aunt. Weather was great - you could see as far as the Isle of Man. Very cold on top. I ran down the last bit down to the car park.
My Brother and I carried our Mountain bikes most of the way to the summit, observing walkers faces who were on the decent. Weather took a turn for the worse as we got nearer to the summit, but we made it, 4 Hrs from Keswick town centre. (carrying the bike)
25 Mins mad mad downhill and 1 puncture later we reached the bottom.
Great Experience, but would think twice about doing it on a bike again!
orBit and Matt
Trudged up in a Thunderstorm and left the summit pretty quickly. Climbed in the dark two years later as part of the 3000ft challenge