Underscar - Skiddaw - Carl Side - Millbeck

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Skiddaw is a grand mountain standing at 3,054ft., making it one of the highest peaks in Lakeland. This route takes the adventurous walker up the 'tourist' route starting at a fair height above sea level. The path is well-defined and easy to follow, only steep for the first mile or so. There is a split in the path to offer a choice of routes: one over Skiddaw Little Man and the other to ascend directly to the main summit. The detour offers superb views down to Derwent Water and Keswick and is only a small amount of extra effort. Either way the route merges further along just before the main summit. The view from over 3,000ft is spectacular, on a clear day showing many hills and mountains in Scotland and Northern England. The route then descends to Carl Side Tarn, which is one of only a handful of tarns on the Skiddaw Massif. From the tarn it's a short and simple ascent to Carl Side, followed by a steep descent all the way down to Millbeck. The view on the descent is superb, showing a grand view of Derwent Water and Newlands Valley. When you hit the road at the bottom it's not the end of the walk; there's still over a mile to go and most of it is uphill to get back to the car park.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - North West

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Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains
04/03/2019 - gordon saunderson

Did this walk today 4/3/2019 in beautiful winter conditions. Recommend going up Little man Skiddaw rather than around it. We reached the summit but the last half a mile the mist came down really heavy so unfortunatey we decided to return the way we came instead of continuing on the route (Felt it was the safer option) prepare to be really buffeted by the wind up there, several times we were almost blown over. Although we never completed the walk it was really enjoyable what we did

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