OS grid ref. NY260290
The distinctive triangular mound of Skiddaw dominates the Keswick skyline. Skiddaw is the fourth highest mountain in the Lake District at 3,054 feet (921m)
Skiddaw seen from Derwentwater
There is a tourist track to the summit from a car park to the north east of Keswick. Skiddaw is the only mountain in the Lake District to possess good tracks to the summit which do not involve scrambling. The views from the summit are spectacular.
Route to the summit of Skiddaw
Beginning at Keswick, (An alternative route is to drive by Applethwaite and Underscar, taking the Gale Road to the north side of Latrigg) Follow the Latrigg Walk route, passing the Latrigg Summit to join a track that lies ahead. The path to Skiddaw lies opposite. The route is relentless for about 1,000 feet, when the ascent becomes gentler.
Keep straight ahead, until an old fence is seen at which point the path to the summit plateau comes into view. The first summit reached is the southernmost, which provides superb views of Derwentwater and Borrowdale, to the east lies Blencathra, to the southeast the Helvellyn range can be seen, south lies Bowfell, Great Gable and the mighty Scafell, southwest lies Pillar.
Cloud clinging to the summit of Skiddaw
Skiddaw is the oldest mountain range in Lakeland, being formed long before the volcanoes of the central Lake District came into existence. It is also one of the oldest rock formations in Europe.
A view of Skiddaw across Derwentwater
Stay safe, by following a few simple rules when fell walking:-
- Obtain a reliable local weather forecast before you set off and plan a route suitable for forecast conditions.
- Check your equipment before leaving, take waterproofs, spare warm clothing, hat and gloves. food and drink, a map, a compass and a survival bag.
- Learn basic mountain skills, particularly navigation.
- If weather conditions turn bad, turn back.
- Don't rely on mobile phones.