Ullock Pike to Skiddaw

Name of walk Ullock Pike to Skiddaw
Date of walk 2014-03-11
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 6 hours 30 minutes
Weather Blue skies and sunshine
Peaks on walk Ullock Pike, Long Side Edge, Carl Side and Skiddaw
Walked with Ged and blind Kas
Parking Lay-by near Dodd Wood

Yet another glorious, blue sky day, so I can’t waste it. Ged, Kas and I drive to Dodd Wood to walk up to The Edge, over Ullock Pike, Longside Edge, Carl Side and up to Skiddaw, then climbing down the back to Broad End and Barkbethdale, then Southerndale and back to Dodd Wood. A walk of 9 miles. 1

We stopped off at the Straining Well to look across Thirlmere. Beautiful reflections this morning.

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Panorama. (click on panorama to get larger photo, re click to return)

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View north.

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Not a breath of wind.

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We parked in the small, free lay-by just before Dodd Wood car park and set off along the track above the main road that leads up towards the start of the path up to The Edge. Once on the track that leads up to The Edge I turn for a photo of the way up.

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Once on The Edge, the circular route is clear. Ullock Pike on the right, Skiddaw on the left.

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View down to Bassenthwaite Lake.

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The tiny church of St. Bega.

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View back. (Excuse shadows!)

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It is a steep route up to Ullock PIke.

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The views take your mind off the effort.

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Skiddaw Little Man just peeking out.

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Great view over to the north western fells.

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Kas on Ullock Pike summit with Longside Edge ahead.

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View to Derwent water.

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Kas and Me.

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View back along Longside Edge.

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Ged on Longside Edge with our next destination of Carl Side on the right.

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View back along the ridge.

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Carl Side summit.

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Helvellyn range on the far left.

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Our route up to Skiddaw. Last week it was covered in snow and ice. It is a very steep ascent.

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Carl Side Tarn and Skiddaw Little Man.

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Kas leads the way up. It gets even steeper towards the top!

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Looking back to our ridge route.

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Looking back down to Carl Side.

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Nearing the top.

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Once we gain level ground we look down the back of Skiddaw over to Blencathra and Lonscale Fell.

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Panorama of the view.

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We head for the summit.

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View from the summit out towards Scotland

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Ged, Kas and Me.

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The mountain in the far distance is Snaefell on the Isle of Man.

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Criffel in Scotland.

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We head down to Broad End towards Barkbethdale on the left.

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Snow on Gibraltar Crags!

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We head on down, but would still need to climb over those hills ahead. Going down the other side of the heather section was very awkward, as it was very a steep descent over slippery mud and loose slate.

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Just after crossing Barkbethdale Gill looking back up to Skiddaw.

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We climb over beside the wall, then make for the other wall ahead and do the same.

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We then follow this wall back all the way to where the track up to The Edge joins. Finally some easy walking!

The walk took us six and a half hours. Half an hour longer than I intended, as I had to be back to Barrow by 6pm in order to be out for bell ringing at 6.45pm. I was home at 6.25pm, but still out on time. Amazing what you can do in 20 minutes if you put your mind to it! No time for food though, so I barely had energy to crush a grape let alone pull a bell! :-)

Jo.

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