Skiddaw Summit
Skiddaw Summit

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Cumbria, Lake District, Skiddaw, Triangulation Point

A Few Facts About Skiddaw

Location -
Skiddaw is a mountain in the Northern Fells of the Lake District. With a summit at 931 metres (3,054 feet) above sea level it is the fourth highest mountain in England. It lies just north of the town of Keswick 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. Skiddaw itself takes the form of a north-south ridge about half a mile long, with steep slopes to east and west.

What's In A Name -
The word Skiddaw possibly entered English from a Cumbric word meaning "shoulders" from the shape of the mountain.

Summit -
The summit ridge bears a number of tops, which from north to south are known as North Top, High Man (the summit), Middle Top and South Top. All now bear cairns and a number of stone windshelters have been erected. Skiddaw has a subsidiary summit, Little Man, which lies about a mile south-south-east of the main peak. The view is as panoramic as might be expected given Skiddaw's topographic prominence. From the summit the north east quadrant is filled by the quiet fells of Back o'Skiddaw, with the Border hills, the Cheviots and the North Pennines behind them. To the south east are Blencathra, the Far Eastern Fells and the Helvellyn range; behind these are vistas of the Yorkshire Dales and Forest of Bowland. The Coniston Fells are visible directly to the south. On the other side of South Top is a fine view of the Scafells, Western and North Western Fells, with a portion of Snowdonia visible between Kirk Fell and Pillar. The Isle of Man is visible 60 miles away, as are the Mourne Mountains 120 miles away (on exceptionally clear days). The final quarter is taken up by the coastal plain and the distant Solway Firth, backed by the hills of Galloway such as Merrick, Criffel and Broad Law. Goat Fell on Arran can be seen at an angle of 313 degrees, 105 miles away.
Links To Walks

Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, English Nuttall, Fellranger, Furth, Hewitt, HuMP, Marilyn, Northern Fell, Nuttall, Sim, Synge, Wainwright

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