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Skiddaw, Lake District

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Skiddaw is a mountain in the Lake District National Park in England. Its 931m summit is the sixth-highest in England. It lies just north of the town of Keswick, Cumbria, and dominates the skyline in this part of the northern lakes. It is the simplest of the Lake District mountains of this height to ascend (as there is a well-trodden tourist track from a car park to the north-east of Keswick, near the summit of Latrigg) and, as such, many walking guides recommend it to the occasional walker wishing to climb a mountain. This is the first summit of the fell running challenge known as the Bob Graham Round when undertaken in a clockwise direction.The mountain lends its name to the surrounding areas of ‘Skiddaw Forest’, and ‘Back o' Skidda' ’ and to the isolated ‘Skiddaw House’, situated to the east, formerly a shooting lodge and subsequently a youth hostel. It also provides the name for the slate derived from that region: Skiddaw slate. Tuned percussion musical instruments or lithophones exist which are made from the slate, such as the Musical Stones of Skiddaw held at the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.
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  • Really great climb up Skiddaw with excellent views over Derwentwater, Keswick and Portiscale. We took a less well-travelled path, walking up to the base from our lodge park near Keswick. Ascent is pre...  more »
  • We park at Ormathwaite which is a free but not many spaces. The walk started on the left side pass a Celtic cross for two shepherds. The climb had beautiful views looking over a lake and the mountains...  more »
  • Hike to Skiddaw along Ullock Pike, taking in fantastic, beautiful views of Bassenthwaite & patchwork fields. Getting higher a superb vista rewards you of Keswick, Derwent water & Borrowdale valley in ...  more »
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  • A fairly easy walk when you get past a steep part at the begining of the walk but the views from it are amazing all the way up
  • Nice easy hill. Good views of Keswick and other mountains to the south. Very convenient car park.
  • A steep climb to begin with but the latter two miles are an easy climb with stunning views of the Lake district from Helvellyn to Scafell and Keswick below
  • Fantastic path up.very steep in places but no bother for fairly fit folk.great walk and views highly reccomended.walked up from keswick and had a deserved coffee fom the van in the carpark at latrigg.perfect
  • Excellent mountain in the lake district. Relatively straightforward hike to the top (general fitness required). Great views of Scaffel Pike from the top!

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