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  • Skiddaw Guided Walk
  • Skiddaw Guided Walk
  • Skiddaw Guided Walk

Skiddaw is the fourth highest mountain in the Lake District and can sometimes be unfairly labelled as dull. Nothing can be further from the truth. Adventure Peaks Lake District Guided Walk of Skiddaw is an excellent day out with a summit that is wild and rocky and runs for a mile and a half with some of the best views in all of the north western lakes.

We begin our day taking the bending path from Latrigg, which rises steeply, crossing Jenkins hill. We then leave the path to traverse Little Man, before rejoining the trail to summit Skiddaw. The views from here are spectacular. Our journey then takes us next to Lonscale Fell and we descend via Longscale’s eastern summit and crags. A nice easy track then takes us back to the car park.

Guided Walk Overview

  • Height: 931m / 3,054ft
  • Distance: 13.25km / 8.25 Miles
  • Time: 5 Hours
  • Grade: Easy

Equipment Needed

  • Walking Boots
  • Waterproof Jacket and trousers
  • Rucksack
  • Warm tops
  • Spare clothing
  • Hat & Gloves
  • Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
  • Packed lunch
  • Water bottle/Thermos Flask
  • Torch and whistle

A 15% discount is available on all equipment and clothing from the Adventure Peaks store. This is valid from the time of booking to one month before.

Wainwrights Included

Little Man, 865m – Skiddaw, 931m – Lonscale Fell, 714m

Total ascent / descent

722m/2,370ft

Where to Meet

8.00am @ Adventure Peaks, 101 Lake Road, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 0DB. You should have your rucksack packed ready to depart including a full packed lunch.

Alternatively you can meet your guide at 9am at the free car park at the top of the narrow lane that rises from Applethwaite to Latrigg. Aim to arrive early to get a space. Grid Ref: NY 281 254.

The day will finish between 2.00-2.30pm.

If you are not there within 20 minutes of the departure time (9am) the group will begin their walk.

Previous Experience

You should have a good level of fitness and be comfortable walking for 5-6 hours per day with around 722m (2,370ft) of ascent.

“The summit is buttressed magnificently by a circle of lesser heights, all of them members of the proud Skiddaw family, the whole forming a splendid complete example of the structure of mountains, especially well seen from all directions because of it’s isolation.”
“It’s lines are smooth, it’s curves graceful; but because the slopes are steep everywhere, the quick build-up of the massif from valley levels to central summit is appreciated at a glance, for such massive strength and such beauty of outline rarely go together……. Here, on Skiddaw, they do.”
Alfred Wainwright

Books & Maps

Ordnance Survey OL 5 covers The Southern area of the Lake District and OL7 covers the Northern area at a scale of 1:25,000. The BMC produce a Lake District map at a scale of 1:40,000, which are waterproof and tear resistant, specially designed for walkers and climbers.

Photography: Greenburn publishing

Age limit

The Minimum Age for our walks is 8 years of age, but this depends on a child’s experience and ability. Under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult unless previously agreed with Adventure Peaks, and as we are AALA registered, written permission must be provided by a parent/guardian, for each participant under 18.

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