/ NEW ROUTE CARD: Skiddaw up the back side

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Blencathra from the peaceful east flank of Skiddaw, 2 kbSkiddaw looks its most monumental from the Keswick side, but this aspect is much nicer viewed from a distance than actually walked up. In the flesh it's a dull and seemingly endless grind. Well, someone had to say it. Easy access makes this flank of the hill the most popular by far too, and crowds don't really add much to the experience. But enough of the negativity. For a completely different day out head round to the hill's wilder northeastern side, where the wide open spaces of the Skiddaw Forest have plenty to offer lovers of remote country. OK, the hill itself is a shapeless lump from this angle, but it's blissfully uncrowded too. You can even make a weekend of it with a night in the rustic Skiddaw House YHA. One of the few hostels anywhere in the UK with no road access, it's well worth the trip in its own right.

11.84 miles, 19 km, 935m ascent, 6 – 8 hours. Keswick

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Gael Force - on 23 Aug 2012
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com: I hope you manage to remove it without too much pain, it pays to read titles of posts carefully.
In reply to Gael Force: eh?
a lakeland climber on 25 Aug 2012
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:

Here's a clue: Which colloquial name for a part of your anatomy is contained within the title of this thread?

ALC
Ridge - on 25 Aug 2012
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:
Might be worth noting the grassy track up from Skiddaw House can be boggy at the best of times, and will be pretty soggy this year.
sheep - on 25 Aug 2012
In reply to Dan Bailey - UKHillwalking.com:

There's also the option (slightly longer) to do the full traverse of Skiddaw, from Lonscale Fell to Bakestall. This has the advantage of missing out the boggy bits.

In reply to a lakeland climber: Sorry, that was kind of intentional
In reply to sheep: Yes that looks nice. One for a future route card.

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