Skiddaw up the quiet sideby Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com Aug/2012
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Skiddaw looks its most monumental from the Keswick side, but this aspect is much nicer viewed from a distance than actually walked up. In the flesh it's a dull and seemingly endless grind. Well, someone had to say it. Easy access makes this flank of the hill the most popular by far too, and crowds don't really add much to the experience. But enough of the negativity. For a completely different day out head round to the hill's wilder northeastern side, where the wide open spaces of the Skiddaw Forest have plenty to offer lovers of remote country. OK, the hill itself is a shapeless lump from this angle, but it's blissfully uncrowded too. You can even make a weekend of it with a night in the rustic Skiddaw House YHA. One of the few hostels anywhere in the UK with no road access, it's well worth the trip in its own right.
Distance: 11.84 miles (19 km)
Total ascent: 935m
Steepest Gradient: 20% (1 in 5)
Time: 6 – 8 hours (Walking)
Latrigg car park, NY280253
A very clear path as far as Skiddaw House (easily cycle-able if you like), then a much more vague trail up the easy grassy slopes of Sale How and the continuation onto Skiddaw's summit ridge. The descent via Hare Crag has an even less clear trail, and it's pretty boggy lower down.
A good winter round - long but easy. It'd be fun on skis too.
Weather and Hill Conditions:
mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Lake District
Bus to Keswick from Windermere/Ambleside or Penrith. From Keswick, walk up to Latrigg car park via the swimming pool and Briar Rigg road.
OS Explorer OL4 (1:25,000), Harvey/BMC Lake District (1:40,000), OS Landranger 89 (1:50,000)
Skiddaw House YHA http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/skiddaw-bunkhouse tel. 07747 174293