Ascent of Skiddaw on 2020-07-17

Climber: Chris W

Others in Party:Rhys Williams
Date:Friday, July 17, 2020
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Elevation:3052 ft / 930 m

Ascent Trip Report

From town. Cross green bridge over river and head across tennis and bowls to pool in the far corner. Walk around back of pool across to roundabout and follow the road left and come to a small housing estate to your left. Pass the 1st left and come to a right turn that takes you past fended farm fields, across the carriageway bridge and past a bungalow. Go through the gate and the first 15 minutes or so climb through woods is the hardest part if climbing latrigg. My son heard a twig snap and we were lucky enough to see a familly of deer within 30 m in the wood but I think this was a lucky flook. There is a huge oak in front to the left and large stone slab on the right by the gate. This is a nice rest place to stretch out before continuing past the oak. Follow this path out of the wood then back in to a little woodland with no or little gradient. Back out of woods and eventually you pass 1 gate on left to come to a sign board. You can scramble up the grass verge directly opposite the board to meet the path above cutting out 15 minutes or keep on track till you see the sign to laprigg that steadily zigzag you to the bench at the top 368m. We did this on day 1. However if you continue forward and do not turn at the sign to latrigg then you are now on route to skiddaw 931m. In this case, follow the path and at the end are a few snack turns up to a small car ppark.This would have been the better start position for skiddaw and cut out a good hour on day 2 had we known. Turn right into the car park and at the other side go through the gate. Walk left along the farm boundary with no gradient and through another gate and continue to the end of the boundary to turn left. After a short walk with the boundary to your left the climb starts. I think there are 2 gates during the climb before coming to a 3rd gate about an hour from the top. This gate is to the right and looks like there is no gradient whereas the track looks like you dont take the gate, I would suggest you do or you come to a false peak at the top with some scrap metal poking out and if as windy as when we climbed, you can only get within 3 or 4 meters and wont make it over.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Start Trailhead:Wordsworth street  
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