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


Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Mountains

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