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Grid Reference: NY 26040 29085
Height: 931 metres/3054 feet

"Heed not the disparaging criticisms that have been written from time to time, often by learned men who ought to know better, about this grand old mountain."
A. Wainwright

Skiddaw, the highest of the Northern Fells and the fourth highest mountain in England rises to the height of 931 metres (3054ft), towering above the town of Keswick with which it shares a special relationship. No other town in the Lake District is so closely related to such a high and imposing summit.

The smooth but steep slopes of Skiddaw are due to it's composition, slate, grassy on much of the lower slopes but scree nearer the summits.

Most walkers climb the direct path to the summit of Skiddaw from Keswick, the old Victorian pony track climbs behind Latrigg steadily up the southern flank of the fell, although there are stunning views throughout there are much better ways of climbing Skiddaw.

To the west of Skiddaw the fine Ullock Pike ridge climbs above Bassenthwaite Lake, a long narrow ridge climbing over the summits of Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl Side before climbing to the summit of Skiddaw. The northern and western flanks of Skiddaw also offer alternative routes, a series of good grassy ridges climb above Skiddaw House and the supply road giving a wide variety of routes, although there is a longer walk-in to this side of the mountain.

  1. Scafell & Scafell Pike

    Lakeland 3000s 24 Hour Challenge


    Distance: Up to 56km / 35 miles
    Ascent: 4000m / 13000ft
    Duration: 24 hours
    Minimum / Maximum Group Ratio: 3:1 / 10:1

    A very long challenge event crossing the four highest summits in the Lake District

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  2. Wastwater, a welcome sight at the end of day 3

    The Bob Graham 5 Day Challenge


    Distance: 115km / 72 miles
    Ascent: 8200m / 27000ft
    Duration: 5 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1

    The infamous 42 peak circuit of the Lakes, we cover the route over 5 days

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