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Monday, 13 July 2015

Skiddaw via Dash Falls - Love Walking Week 10


With reaching the top of Blencathra and Grisedale Pike pretty confidently, I decided it was time for Skiddaw!
















After some discussion with my mom we decided to go with my uncle's advice and take the route via dash falls instead of the boring, busy and less challenging tourist route.

This route begins in a little car park just by Peter House Farm (here), a couple of minutes of the A591, where you follow the road through farm land and onto a clear track leading up to the falls. I like to refill my water bottle from the stream on the right here.

You then turn right in front of the wall to begin the first of the relatively steep couple of sections it takes to get to the top (broken down by a couple of short, flat sections) and follow the fence up to the summit of Bakestall. We paused here out of the wind to add a few layers and eat a banana to give us the energy we needed to get to the top.

Next you turn left and continue to follow the fence until taking the path up to the summit. It can get scarily windy here so be cautious and don't do anything silly! It was particularly windy the day we chose leaving the summit in cloud but with luck on our side it cleared as we reached the top and just long enough to take a couple of pictures.

You can descend from the summit a slightly different route by heading to Skiddaw House but we opted for the sane route down due to the reduced visibility.

Where the first section of descent flattens out we stopped for our celebratory picnic lunch then it was straight back down to the car feeling fantastic!

This is such a good way up Skiddaw - it took us just under 4 and a half hours to walk the 12km, a good balance of length and challenge for me. Maybe try and pick the most clear day possible to allow you to appreciate the views at the top!

You may already know if you follow me on Twitter (shameless self promo right there!) that I've just been in Croatia for Hideout so this marks the end of Love Walking for the time being(sad times, I know). Although I'm sure I'll get some more planned for when I'm home.


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