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A circuit of 4 peaks on the flanks of Skiddaw

Nat Park - Lake District - Lake District Northern Fells

County/Area - Cumbria

Author - John Paterson

Length - 5.5 miles / 8.9 km

Ascent - 2500 feet / 758 metres

Grade - moderate

Start - OS grid reference NY234293
Lat 54.652955 // Long -3.188749
Postcode CA12 4QG (approx. location only)
what3words start tailors.baroness.grumbles

Route Outline

Skiddaw presents a problem to those who intend to climb all 214 "Wainwrights" - the fells listed by the famous guidebook writer. The massif and its outliers comprise 8 Wainwrights and no route of sensible length can be devised which climbs all of them without much doubling back. Most walkers will opt to climb the 8 peaks in at least two walks. This exhilarating and varied route is quite short but climbs the 4 Wainwrights on the western flank of the massif - with an optional ascent of the main summit of Skiddaw. There is also the bonus of a chance of spotting the Ospreys of Bassenthwaite Lake. The birds arrive from Africa in April and depart in mid September and with binoculars you may spot them fishing.

GPS Files - Notes

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Other walks nearby

Walk 1676 Ullock Pike, Long Side and Carl Side - moderate - 5.5 miles/8.9 km

Walk 2041 Barf (via the Bishop) and Lords Seat - mod/hard - 4.0 miles/6.5 km

Walk 2244 Whitewater Dash and Great Calva - moderate - 7.0 miles/11.4 km

Walk 2581 Lord's Seat & Barf from Whinlatter - moderate - 8.5 miles/13.8 km

Walk 1120 Grisedale Pike & Crag Hill from Braithwaite - mod/hard - 8.5 miles/13.8 km

Further Information

Stay Safe

Do enjoy yourself when out walking and choose a route that is within your capabilities especially with regard to navigation.

Do turn back if the weather deteriorates especially in winter or when visibility is poor.

Do wear the right clothing for the anticipated weather conditions. If the weather is likely to change for the worse make sure you have enough extra clothing in your pack.

Do tell someone where you are planning to walk especially in areas that see few other walkers.

Do take maps and other navigational aids. Do not rely on mobile devices in areas where reception is poor. Take spare batteries especially in cold weather.

Do check the weather forecast before leaving. The Met Office has a number of forecasts for walkers that identify specific weather risks.

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