Skiddaw

Area:Lake District - Northern Fells
County:Cumbria
Country:England
Classification:Furth, Wainwright, Birkett, Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall, and HuMP
(also Fellranger, Synge, and Sim)
Height:931m
Maps:OL4(S) Explorer or 89, 90 Landranger
Grid Ref:NY260290         Hills nearby: 5km 10km 20km
Summit:rock 5m S of trig point between trig point and shelter - photos
Notes:note Wainwright and Birkett describe trig point as summit
Daylight:dawn 06:25, sunrise 07:01, sunset 19:08, dusk 19:43
External links:Wikipedia

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Skiddaw across Derwent Water
Skiddaw across Derwent Water


Skiddaw is considered to be the oldest mountain in the Lake District, comprised of a specific sort of slate first found on Skiddaw and eventually named after the mountain: Skiddaw Slate, which is a sedimentary rock (if you remember your geology lessons from school?!). Much of the rest of the Lake District is quite different mostly being volcanic rock.

From the southern point of the Skiddaw summit ridge fans out the ridges of Carl Side on the south east, and Skiddaw Little Man on the south west.

There are numerous routes of ascent, the most popular being from Keswick taking in Little Man as well, round to the less frequented northern slopes, or the not-very-tree like Skiddaw Forest to the east.

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Other walkers registered on our site who have already walked up this hill include: Tirama, adgl, buffer, DukeNukem (twice), PaulG1952 (x3), SheepFarmer, distantecho, NickiG, goth_angel, ajdowsett, Boss_keloid, patrickonthefells, steve71 (x3), gallowshill (x3), eclipseandy, Suecash, tiamaria, hillbilly (twice), Mags763, Strangerclur (twice), chrismonks55@gmail.com (x3), Samrust, TONYL31, anthbowles, peterb, windridge, vinmac, john09cw, On The Rivet, Biscuits17, sushiwalkies, drsylvester68, Dunkman, Daniel278, fizzerfox (twice), JamieL, daleheadged, Chris the rambler, jplyons, gill4rolo, CarlandHay, budgie, Mikew92, Carolwildbird, CARLOS, Ginty (x3), AGJ64, wolfgangb, koczur, Samndigger, jegger, walsh581, Susanna, beth, i2am2no2man, Andy Duff, Shortnick, Lenny0018, Steve1607, daveinberlin, Westcoasthiker , digby, Lancashire Lad (x4), James82, s.lee90, HannantMark, Jesspeace, gbh, macca69, Drpjohnston (twice), sarahk1130, anne mariecb, gerard.hurst, duncbarnes, cejackson1951, and Rosehip.

In our forum you can read the following walk reports which include this hill:

If you need accommodation we have details of 39 properties offering rooms near Skiddaw. Here are some examples:

4 Sykes Cottages Assessed Cottage
£351-822 per week
4.7km (2.9 miles) away, sleeps 4
NC Non-Classified

5.7km (3.6 miles) away
3
£120+ per night
5.5km (3.4 miles) away

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