|Name of walk||A Long Walk Around Skiddaw|
|Date of walk||2012-04-15|
|Distance walked (miles)||19|
|Duration of walk||8 hours 15 minutes|
|Peaks on walk||Latrigg|
|Parking||Roadside spaces outside Mirehouse|
On Sunday Brendan and I drove to Dodd Wood, parking on the free car parking spaces on the road just outside Mirehouse in order to start a 19 mile circuit of Skiddaw. We would include Latrigg (1203ft).
We headed up into Dodd Wood on the right of the stream taking the high level path to the osprey view point. We saw no ospreys, but got an excellent view across Bassenthwaite Lake to Grisedale Pike, Thornthwaite Forest and Barf.
We walked along the back road to Millbeck alongside houses that must have some of the best view in the lakes....three were for sale!
We walked the steep road up to the Skiddaw car park and took a detour up to Latrigg for the views. Looking back at Brendan with the Jenkin Hill route up Skiddaw behind.
Dodd, Carl Side and Skiddaw.
After visiting the summit we headed for the viewpoint and a sit down. It was sunny but very cold and windy. Keswick and Derwent Water below.
Panorama from the viewpoint of all the north western fells, bits of snow still on the higher summits. Bassenthwaite Lake on the right with our walking route behind the houses.
Lambs on Latrigg. One of hundreds we would see on todays walk.
Jenkin Hill route on the left, we head right around the side of Lonscale Fell.
Our high level path on the right as we head round the Back o' Skiddaw. The slopes of Blencathra on the left looking across to the Dodds and Helvellyn range with High Rigg centre. I have walked this route before, but in the opposite direction.
The pointy Fell ahead is Great Calva. The wind was blowing straight towards us down the valley, and there was no respite until we reached Peter House Farm and the main road.
We pass the ruins of an old settlement. Lonscale Fell behind.
Eventually Skiddaw House comes into view amongst the trees. Snow on Skiddaw..
Unlike Black Sail Hut in Ennerdale, this is not a walker friendly Youth Hostel. The grounds say private, keep out. So no offer of shelter or tea and coffee! We have lunch in what is left of an old ruin with a couple of other walkers heading in the opposite direction. It is too cold and windy to stop longer than ten minutes so we set off again dreaming of hot coffee at the Sun Inn at Bassenthwaite Village.
Looking up to blue skies on Skiddaw.
Looking back to Skiddaw House......bleak! Lonscale Fell on the right and the back of Blencathra on the left..
And the view forward. We are heading up to the right to below Great Calva......it is bleak this way too!
Eventually we spy civilisation. Binsey ahead.
Binsey in close up with the Scottish mountains behind.
Our way ahead as we walk down beside Dash Falls.
Looking back to Dash Falls. White Hause and Little Nettle Hause on the left.
We reach the road and make for Bassenthwaite Village. A proud cockerel.
More lambs with Ullock Pike behind.
Apparently it is what all the cool lambs are wearing this season!
Bassenthwaite village, the pub is at the far end round the corner.
I have a coffee, Brendan has a couple of pints! The twenty minute break and packets of peanuts does wonders to our energy levels and we set to cover the last four miles. Below is my route up Ullock Pike, along Longside Edge to Carl Side and Up Skiddaw then down into the valley from two weeks ago.
We take a detour to St. John`s church built in 1878 to replace the Chapel-of-Ease we passed at the crossroads.
After a bit of road walking we meet the path down to St. Bega's. The church is a three quarters of a mile walk from the road. Originally most of the parishioners came by boat. The chancel and nave date from 950 AD. The rest is 12th and 15th century.
We then walk down to the lake shore.
We then head for Mirehouse built in 1666. Dodd behind.
Our final stop is at the Old Sawmill Tea Room, where we started from. We have coffee and cake.