Skid­daw & Long­side Edge

Trail (UK) - - Lake District -

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The first aim of the walk is to gain Millbeck. You could fol­low the A591 but ad­ja­cent to the road is a per­mis­sive path. It in­volves slightly more as­cent but it is a much more pleas­ant op­tion. Fol­low the path south past Watch Crag then south-east to re­join the road at White Stones. Take the next left off the A591 and fol­low the mi­nor road to Millbeck.

NY255262 Head 2 along the nar­row lane at Benny Crag. Fol­low the path north then north-east around wood­land to the side of Slades Beck. Slades Beck is con­tained deep within a steep gill and feels like you're al­most in­side Skid­daw. It's a steep as­cent but the dis­trac­tion of the rock ar­chi­tec­ture around you makes the climb fly by! Climb first on the west side of the beck then on the east side and fol­low it north then north-west to the flat col be­tween Carl Side and Skid­daw.

NY256282 It’s worth 3 tak­ing a breather at the col as the next bit of the route is a steep slog. Turn north-east and ei­ther climb di­rectly up the scree onto the sum­mit ridge or fol­low the zig-zag slightly to the left (north-east). Once you hit the ridge turn left and NY260290 4 Sit­ting in a rel­a­tively iso­lated po­si­tion, Skid­daw gives amaz­ing views. You nor­mally get a good shot of most of the Lake­land fells, but if par­tic­u­larly clear you should also be able to pick out a large chunk of the South­ern Up­lands across the Sol­way Firth. If you're re­ally lucky you might even spot the Isle of Man. To con­tinue, re-trace your steps back down the steep path to the col be­side Carl Side. 5 NY256282 Next comes Long­side Edge. This fine shapely ridge ex­tends north­west, then north from Carl Side and is sep­a­rated from Skid­daw by South­ern­dale. From a dis­tance, the crest of Long­side Edge looks de­cep­tively nar­row sug­gest­ing that there may be some scram­bling in­volved. Closer in­spec­tion re­veals oth­er­wise; nev­er­the­less it is an ex­cel­lent ridge. From Carl Side head north-west and fol­low the crest of Long­side Edge to Ul­lock Pike. Drop down the north ridge of Ul­lock Pike to a shal­low col be­low Ling How. Leave the ridge-top path and take the path (left) descend­ing south-west to­wards the A591. A per­mis­sive path par­al­lels the road and is fol­lowed south to the car park.

Leav­ing Ul­lock Pike with Bassen­th­waite Lake ahead.

fol­low it north to Skid­daw's sum­mit.

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