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Skiddaw, Lake District

Skiddaw is a mountain in the Lake District National Park in England. Its 931m summit is the sixth-highest in England. It lies just north of the town of Keswick, Cumbria, 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.
The mountain lends its name to the surrounding areas of ‘Skiddaw Forest’, and ‘Back o' Skidda' ’ and to the isolated ‘Skiddaw House’, situated to the east, formerly a shooting lodge and subsequently a youth hostel. It also provides the name for the slate derived from that region: Skiddaw slate. Tuned percussion musical instruments or lithophones exist which are made from the slate, such as the Musical Stones of Skiddaw held at the Keswick Museum and Art Gallery.
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  • This again was a good steady climb and after leaving the road it was a slog to reach. It was not as good as climbing Helvellyn but still worth the effort. It was slatey at the top but was quite popula...  more »
  • Nice walk with great views over Keswick and Bassenthwaite. Weather was kind which helped, took approx 2 hours to the summit via Jenkin Hill Path. No facilities anywhere but that wasn't a problem for u...  more »
  • Great mountain for fell running. Starting at Moot hall and heading up Skiddaw is the first part of the Bob Graham round. If it is your first time heading up make sure you take a map as there are a few turnings which may cause you to go off course.
  • Steep ascent from Carlside. Wouldn't recommend in the wet. Fantastic views all round when the top isn't cover in cloud. Which unfortunately is frequently the case.
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