Skiddaw Skies

Rising above Bassenthwaite Lake in the Lake District, Skiddaw reaches a height of 931m, the 6th highest peak in England.  Part of the UNESCO World Heritage landscape of the English Lake District this is a stunning location for exploring. 

The start was gloomy with drizzle and low cloud which allowed good progress along the edge of the valley above Glenderaterra Beck.  A gentle up hill meander to Skiddaw House, crossing the small Salehow Beck was the start needed to get aching muscles working again.  

Cloud hung in the valley above the beck and sheep emerged from the heather clad hillside to see who was using their track across the moor. Passing Skiddaw House the path turned sharply to the left and then the long uphill slog across Sale How began.  

Views across Lonscale Fell make up for the hard work with rays of sunshine breaking through the clouds and giving beautiful shards of light, proper stairways to heaven. While not steep, this was a consistent slog, heading upwards with every step.

The final push to the summit on the main, wide Skiddaw path is almost a breeze after the hard work to the bottom of Little Man where the two tracks meet.  The rugged and exposed summit was just a short stop before returning to Ormathwaite.   A long downhill stagger along the wide Skiddaw path, zig zagging its way down the side of Whit Beck to return to where the adventure began.  

Trying to reduce weight again, all of these images were captured using my iPhone 6!

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