Bad weather and family illness conspired to make this the first outing for several months, and it turned out to be a joyful ‘reunion’ indeed! The Skiddaw massif was the last part of my personal Lake District fells ‘jigsaw’, i.e., the only major piece of the matrix that I had not yet been up. Part of the reason was because I had thought of it as only a relatively dull trudge - big mistake!
If approached as I did (following the excellent guidance in Mark Richards’ ‘Great Mountain Days’ (Cicerone Press), via Ullock Pike, Long Side, Carl Side, over to Skiddaw Little Man and thence up to the main summit, and thereafter back down via Bakestall and Whitewater Dash, there is plenty of variety, drama and fine scenery most of the way.
However, the best views are definitely not those from the central summit, but rather, from all the preceding ones, especially Carl Side and in particular, Little Man. This is because the main ‘crown’ of Skiddaw is set back too far and is too broad to really provide the views that its height would otherwise offer.
A really great walk even if the conditions were not ideal until the start of the descent, the views over towards Derwentwater and the Newlands and Coledale valleys being especially fine, and those along Bassenthwaite Lake likewise being very good.
Distance: 9.71 miles/15.6 km, ascent: 3909 ft./1191 m.

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