Magical Skiddaw

Sat 6 Dec 2008

Route: Latrigg car park (end of Gale Road) - Jenkin Hill - Skiddaw Lesser Man - Skiddaw Little Man - Skiddaw - Jenkin Hill - Latrigg car park

Distance: 7.00 miles

Ascent: 2,500ft

Time: 3 hours 45 minutes

With: On own


Snow on the ground, wall to wall blue sky and sunshine, hardly any wind.

The road to the car park was too icy for me so I parked lower down Gale Road. This added just over 3/4 mile and 250ft of ascent to the walk.

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Jenkin Hill from the Hawell Monument

The north western fells from the Hawell Monument

Derwent Water

The path up Jenkin Hill was like an ice rink this morning, these two were wearing crampons

Skiddaw Lesser Man

Looking back down the Jenkin Hill path with the Helvellyn range in the distance

Skiddaw Lesser Man

Left for Skiddaw Lesser Man and Lower Man, straight on 'through' the gate for Skiddaw

Blencathra from Jenkin Hill

Jenkin Hill, Lonscale Fell and Blencathra from the start of my ascent of Skiddaw Lesser Man

Looking over Lesser Man to the Helvellyn range

Blencathra from Skiddaw Little Man

Skiddaw from Little Man

Carl Side, Long Side and Ullock Pike

Icy fence

Skiddaw Little Man and Derwent Water

Skiddaw's summit ridge

Wonderful snow

Lonscale Fell and Little Man with the Helvellyn range in the distance

Skiddaw's trig point

Long Side and Ullock Pike from Skiddaw's summit with the north western fells beyond

Looking south from Skiddaw's summit

The north western fells

Derwent Water and the central high fells

Blencathra, Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw Little Man

Sale How below, Mungrisdale Common and the North Peninnes

The main Skiddaw path round the side of Little Man

The Helvellyn range from Jenkin Hill

The site of the old refreshment hut

A very icy car park at the top of Gale Road

Previous Walk: Ullscarf to High Tove (Sun 30 Nov 2008)

Next Walk: Skiddaw - 24hrs later (Sun 7 Dec 2008)

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