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Best Walks - Skiddaw

The Summit fo Skiddaw in Misty Weather

Introduction to the Walk
Standing at 931m, Skiddaw is one of the iconic mountains of the Northern Lake District and is the 6th highest mountain in England. This route is, however, an excellent route for the less experienced mountain walker (or for the experienced walker just wanting a simple day out). It has made the list of Best Walks in England because it is a great way to discover mountain walking in Britain.

There is parking just West of Applethwaite. From Keswick first head to the main roundabout on the A591 road, go straight over this roundabout. Turn right straight after, to Applethwaite. Turn right at the hotel (signposted to Skiddaw) and follow the narrow road as it ascends steeply right into the car park. Do note it is a small car park for one the Best Walks in The Lake District and so arrive early if you wish to park!

The Route

Stage 1
Exit the car park at the opposite end to where you drove in, and immediate turn left to get onto the main path.

Stage 2
After a short section along a field the path soon becomes very wide and obvious and it ascends straight up Jenkins Hill. Once there, the path will split, keep going straight to go to Skiddaw, or if preferred go left to ascend an extra hill, Little Man, if you are feeling keen.

Stage 3
If you have opted to just head up Skiddaw the path will contour around the side of Little Man, with the summit on your left and you will soon see the path heading up Skiddaw itself.

Stage 4
Keep following the path on to the summit plateau of Skiddaw, do note that this first summit is a false summit, you have 5-10 minutes of further walking following the cairns to get you to the real summit. If the weather is bad you may prefer to take a bearing to make sure you are heading in the correct direction.

Stage 5
Once on the summit you will see the trig point (shown in the photo above). Since this is a best walk for beginners in the lake district (or the easy going experienced walker), the simplest way down is to follow the same path all the way back to the car park.

Map of the Route


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