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Skiddaw
930m (3052ft)

The Northern Fells, The Lake District, Cumbria, England


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The summit of Skiddaw is marked by an Ordnance Survey Trig Point.


Record Skiddaw as Bagged, Climbed & Conquered


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English Mountain
6th highest in England,
17th in England & Wales

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English Nuttall
7th highest in England,
19th in England & Wales

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English Marilyn
3rd highest in England,
189th highest in Great Britain

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English Trig Point (Pillar)

Walk Skiddaw walking UK Mountains in The Northern Fells The Lake District National Park Cumbria, England

Skiddaw Summit

Photo: Richard Nicholls

You can find Skiddaw & all the walks that climb it on these unique free-to-access Interactive Walk Planning Maps: (click/TAP to select)

The Lake District National Park


1:25,000 scale OS Explorer Map (the ones with orange/yellow covers):

OL4 The English Lakes - North Western area


1:50,000 scale OS Landranger Maps (the ones with pink/magenta covers):

89 West Cumbria, Cockermouth & Wast Water


90 Penrith & Keswick, Ambleside


See Skiddaw and the surrounding tops on our free-to-access 'Google Style' Peak Bagging Maps:

See Skiddaw and the surrounding tops on our downloadable PDF Peak Bagging Maps:

NB: Whether you print off a copy on to paper or download it to your phone, these PDF Peak Baggers Maps will prove incredibly useful when your are up there on the tops and you cannot get a phone signal!


You can walk to the top of Skiddaw by using any of these 6 easy‑to‑follow route maps:
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Walk c248 Skiddaw from High Side

Stunning high level route

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8.25ml (13km)
Ascent:2,919ft (890m)
Time:6 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 6 Icon (Moderate)
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Walk c236 Skiddaw from Millbeck, nr Keswick

Superb walk up the Northern Fells' Highest

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 8.25ml (13km)
Ascent:3,306ft (1,008m)
Time:6.25hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c321 Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell from Millbeck, nr Keswick

Peak Baggers route

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 9.75ml (15.5km)
Ascent:3,529ft (1,076m)
Time:7 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c186 Lonscale Fell and Skiddaw from Gale Road (Underscar) nr Keswick

The highest point in the Northern Fells

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 10.25ml (16.5km)
Ascent:2,850ft (869m)
Time:6½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c273 Skiddaw and Bakestall from Gale Road (Underscar) nr Keswick

Excellent high level ridge walk

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 11.5ml (18.5km)
Ascent:3,214ft (980m)
Time:7½ hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 7 Icon (Hard)
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Walk c447 The Skiddaw Massif from Millbeck, nr Keswick

Long high level route

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Vital Statistics:

Length: 15.25ml (24.5km)
Ascent:5,458ft (1,663m)
Time:11 hrs
Grade:Walk Grade 9 Icon (Very Hard)

Other walkers who hiked, climbed, bagged and summited Skiddaw Fellow go4awalkers who have already walked, climbed, summited & bagged Skiddaw

Paul Messenger walked up Skiddaw on August 16th, 2013 [with] Pt Dg [weather] Clear some showers

Paul Macey climbed Skiddaw on July 19th, 2023 [from/via/route] Using Walk 273 [weather] Mostly sunny some cloud 19 degrees at finish

Rob Prikanowski bagged Skiddaw on June 7th, 2023 [from/via/route] c273 [weather] Sunny & warm, a little cloudy, strong wind.

Paul Roddam hiked Skiddaw on February 5th, 2019 [with] Tom, Barb, Rice [weather] Sunny

Julian Bourne summited Skiddaw on October 5th, 2018 [from/via/route] Keswick [weather] Fine

Vincent Clarke conquered Skiddaw on February 2nd, 2023 [from/via/route] Gale road [with] Cal n Louis [weather] Worst yet

Christine Shepherd scaled Skiddaw on August 18th, 1997 [from/via/route] Keswick [with] My husband Peter [weather] Very sunny in the valley but misty & damp from about 1,500ft. - We reached the summit after skidding & sliding on wet slate. There was nothing to see until we broke through the cloud on the way down to see a wonderful rainbow & a buzzard spreading his wings in front of us. Fantastic! Climbed Skiddaw again 12.5.08 in bright sunshine so that I could enjoy the view. On 22.5.12 I used walk c248 to reach the summit in hazy sunshine. Climbed again using walk c186 on 30.06.21 with Jenny.And again on 18.1.2022. Climbed on 2.1.23. It was so cold on the summit that the water in my drinking tube froze!

Martin Hartshorne walked up Skiddaw on November 4th, 2022 [with] finley [weather] Cloud on the tops, windy,grey,muddy some light showers. 5deg

Carl Murphy climbed Skiddaw on May 18th, 2018 [weather] Hot 🌞🌞🌞

Martyn Atherton bagged Skiddaw on September 19th, 2020 [from/via/route] c236 (Part) Carl Side, Skiddaw From Millbeck [with] Martyn and Paul [weather] At first very sunny & warm then very cold

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More Photographs & Pictures of views from, on or of Skiddaw

Keswick and The Skiddaw Masiff (distance) and Cat Bells (Catbells) (right) from Blea Crags

Keswick and The Skiddaw Masiff (distance) and Cat Bells (Catbells) (right) from Blea Crags

Photo: Chris Brankin (33)

The summit of King's How with Derwent Water and Skiddaw in the distance

The summit of King's How with Derwent Water and Skiddaw in the distance

Photo: Alan Wainwright (233)

Looking North along the High Rigg Ridge to Skiddaw (left) and Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) (right)

Looking North along the High Rigg Ridge to Skiddaw (left) and Blencathra or Saddleback (Hallsfell Top) (right)

Photo: David Baines (6)

Descending towards Bakestall

Descending towards Bakestall

Photo: William Ringwood (73)

Derwent Water from Dodd (Skiddaw) summit

Derwent Water from Dodd (Skiddaw) summit

Photo: Stephen Collins (11)

The Coledale Horseshoe from Crag Hill (Eel Crag) trig point featuring: Grasmoor, Grasmoor, Whiteside (Crummock) (West Top), Whiteside (Crummock), Gasgale Crags, Hopegill Head, Sand Hill, The top of Hobcarton Crag, Grisdale Pike, The Skiddaw massif, Blencathra (or Saddleback), Keswick, Sleet How, Outerside, Stile End, Sail, Causey Pike, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High Tove, The Southern Fells and The Western Fells

The Coledale Horseshoe from Crag Hill (Eel Crag) trig point featuring: Grasmoor, Grasmoor, Whiteside (Crummock) (West Top), Whiteside (Crummock), Gasgale Crags, Hopegill Head, Sand Hill, The top of Hobcarton Crag, Grisdale Pike, The Skiddaw massif, Blencathra (or Saddleback), Keswick, Sleet How, Outerside, Stile End, Sail, Causey Pike, Bleaberry Fell, High Seat, High Tove, The Southern Fells and The Western Fells

Photo: Peter Dryden (5)

The Northern Fells (Binsey (left), Blencathra or Saddleback and Skiddaw), Bassenthwaite Lake and The North Western Fells (Sale Fell, Broom Fell, Lord's Seat and Barf) from the summit of Caermote Hill

The Northern Fells (Binsey (left), Blencathra or Saddleback and Skiddaw), Bassenthwaite Lake and The North Western Fells (Sale Fell, Broom Fell, Lord's Seat and Barf) from the summit of Caermote Hill

Photo: Mike Walker (368)

Skiddaw from Orthwaite

Skiddaw from Orthwaite

Photo: Andy Lyons (1)

Derwent Water and the Newland Fells from Dodd (Skiddaw) Summit

Derwent Water and the Newland Fells from Dodd (Skiddaw) Summit

Photo: Stuart Crane (4)

Cat Bells (Catbells) (foreground) with Skiddaw and Blencathra (distance left) and Derwent Water from Maiden Moor

Cat Bells (Catbells) (foreground) with Skiddaw and Blencathra (distance left) and Derwent Water from Maiden Moor

Photo: Rob Barklamb (31)

Crummock Water and Skiddaw from High Seat (Ashness Fell)

Crummock Water and Skiddaw from High Seat (Ashness Fell)

Photo: Martin Robinson (1)

Blencathra or Saddleback under a blanket of snow from Skiddaw

Blencathra or Saddleback under a blanket of snow from Skiddaw

Photo: John Holt (15)

*Southeastern panorama from the summit of Skiddaw with Blencathra and Blease Fell silhouetted left of centre

*Southeastern panorama from the summit of Skiddaw with Blencathra and Blease Fell silhouetted left of centre

Photo: Andy Malcolm (93)

Robinson, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Sail, Causey Pike, Rowling End, The Skiddaw Masiff, Keswick, Cat Bells (Catbells) and High Crags from Blea Crags

Robinson, Crag Hill (Eel Crag), Sail, Causey Pike, Rowling End, The Skiddaw Masiff, Keswick, Cat Bells (Catbells) and High Crags from Blea Crags

Photo: Chris Brankin (36)

*Skiddaw, Little Man (Skiddaw), Carl Side, Longside Edge and Ullock Pike from The Edge

*Skiddaw, Little Man (Skiddaw), Carl Side, Longside Edge and Ullock Pike from The Edge

Photo: Colin Jenkins (2)

Skiddaw from Hallsfell Top summit cairn, Blencathra or Saddleback

Skiddaw from Hallsfell Top summit cairn, Blencathra or Saddleback

Photo: Alan Wainwright (130)

Skiddaw from The River Derwent

Skiddaw from The River Derwent

Photo: Duncan Grant (4)

Cat Bells (Catbells) and Skiddaw from Maiden Moor

Cat Bells (Catbells) and Skiddaw from Maiden Moor

Photo: David Hayter (2)

Skiddaw (left) and Longside Edge from Ullock Pike

Skiddaw (left) and Longside Edge from Ullock Pike

Photo: Tony Price (2)

Derwent Water, Skiddaw and Blencathra from below Maiden Moor

Derwent Water, Skiddaw and Blencathra from below Maiden Moor

Photo: Rob Barklamb (32)


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