Skiddaw from Ormathwaite

Starting near the small village of Ormathwaite close to Keswick in the Lake District, this walk takes the tourist route to the summit of Skiddaw.

Start: NY280253

Length: 7.0 miles

Duration: 4.0 hours

Grade: Moderate

Waypoint 1. Grid reference NY280253

Waypoint 1 photo

This walk starts in the car park at the bottom of the tourist path. The spaces here seem to fill up quite quickly on a nice day, so finding a space earlier on in the day is probably easier.

Waypoint 2. Grid reference NY281253

Waypoint 2 photo

Look for the wooden public bridleway signpost on the other side of the gate.

Waypoint 3. Grid reference NY282254

Waypoint 3 photo

Then follow the path along the side of the stone wall.

Waypoint 4. Grid reference NY282255

Waypoint 4 photo

The path will then divide into two. Keep left and follow it along the fence as it starts to climb the hill.

Waypoint 5. Grid reference NY281258

Waypoint 5 photo

In a little while there's a monument to the right of the track. The words on this read "In loving memory of two Skiddaw shepherds Edward Hawell, of Lonscale, born October 21st 1815, died June 2nd 1889. And his son Joseph Hawell of Lonscale, born December 24th 1854, died February 20th 1891. Noted breeders of prize Herdwick sheep".

Waypoint 6. Grid reference NY278265

Waypoint 6 photo

The path continues on upwards, getting steeper but with great views overlooking Keswick and Derwent Water.

Waypoint 7. Grid reference NY277268

Waypoint 7 photo

As the path starts to level out, what appears to be the summit comes into view. However, this is actually Little Man, and the Skiddaw summit cannot yet be seen.

Waypoint 8. Grid reference NY271275

Waypoint 8 photo

There are then two options to take. Either follow the Skiddaw summit sign onwards, or go via Little Man which will take longer and involve an earlier climb, but rejoins the main path further on.

Waypoint 9. Grid reference NY267281

Waypoint 9 photo

After a short while the summit can be seen (the dark area to the right of the photograph).

Waypoint 10. Grid reference NY260290

Waypoint 10 photo

At the summit there's a triangulation point and a dial pointing to the various mountains in the area. The weather at the top can be very different from the walk up - the wind can be unimaginably strong, and there are a few stone shelters which although on first sight don't look as though they will do much, actually work and can make an ideal place to stop for a bite to eat before retracing your steps back to the car park.