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Skiddaw from your tent

The scenic way via Bakestall, Carlside, Longside, and Ullock Pike.

A strenuous walk – a distance of approx. 11.5 Miles and 5 Wainwrights bagged.

Bassenthwaite lake up to skiddaw range     skiddaw route map

The walk starts by going through the north easterly gate at the top of the camping field, (by the beck), walk across the field with the beck on your left. When you reach the beck crossing do not cross but turn right, keeping close to the fence on your left (we have asked you to do this rather than walk across the middle of the field so as not to disturb the livestock), at this point you are joining the Cumbrian Way, to Peter House Farm.

At Peter House Farm cross the road and follow the signpost for Dash Falls and Skiddaw House. The path is well defined and offers some great views. As you approach Dash Falls on your left, you turn right just before the gate and ascend beside the wall/fence climbing Birkett Edge, this is steep in parts, sometimes boggy, but well defined all the way to the top of Bakestall and your 1st Wainwright on this walk. You're now 2 miles into the walk and if you're looking for a way out, its possible to cut at this point  and bail taking a well defind path back to Melbecks, the road, and Peter House Farm.

From the cairn step back to join the fence side path to take a long steady ascent of Broad End and the summit of Skiddaw, this is the highest point of the walk at 3054ft. The path then descends towards Carl Side, which is a must if your bagging Wainwrights.

The path follows the spine of the ridge down the nose of Broad End to the saddle of Carl Side col pass the cairn to the summit of Carl Side. Look for the ridge path to a small cairn on the summit of Long Side. The path is generally good, well defined, but with a few scrambles to get down.

Continue on the ridge path, (in our opinion this is Lakeland ridge walking at its best, with views over Bassenthwaite and the fells beyond) to the summit of Ullock Pike. Descend the Ullock Pike ridge to the road below and follow this back to Peter House Farm. There is an alternative path route that can be tricky to follow and at the end of this days walk I just prefer to follow the road back.