Skiddaw - Lake District - Optional Accommodation
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Skiddaw is visually the perfect mountain. Its form is a simple combination of steep smooth flanks and deep shadowy gills; its slopes are covered with a patchwork of bracken, grass, heather and scree which from hour to hour are in a constant state of flux displaying an infinite variety of hues and tints.
Although not as rugged looking as some of the Lake District’s peaks Skiddaw holds special qualities. Being in an isolated position, set apart from its neighbours, the unrestricted views from its summit and south side are arguably the best in the Lake District. Across the Vale of Derwent the peaks of the eastern, central, southern and western fells are laid out in a magnificent panorama.
The most popular route to Skiddaw's exposed and wind-blasted summit is by Jenkin Hill Path. This route was established as a pony route for Victorian tourists and still attracts the greatest number of ascentionists. It’s an excellent route for those looking extend their experience to the higher peaks.
Sunday Walk - https://tinyurl.com/BlencathraODL
I'll be staying in the YHA Keswick on the Friday & Saturday night so feel free to join or go luxury in a hotel in the Village, we'll meet in the bar area at 7pm each evening with more info nearer the time. I would also imagine we'll have other routes going both days from this hostel. Use the code Jan-019 to get 25% off!
Sunday walk -
Please only attend this walk if you have done other similar mountain walks in varying weather and conditions. Please ensure you have the correct kit with you, if your unsure please drop myself a message.
What to bring
It will probably be cold, make sure you have warm clothes
Recommended Kit List
• Rucksack (with a plastic liner bag or cover)
• Waterproof jacket and trousers
• Walking boots and socks
• Thermal base layer (synthetic fibres rather than cotton)
• Fleece mid layer
• Walking trousers
• Hat and gloves
• Lunch and drink
• Small torch
• Spare food
• Spare warm layer
• Sunglasses and sun cream (if that time of year!)
• Extra thermal leggings and top (synthetic fibres rather than cotton)
• Thermos flask
• Trekking poles
• Personal first aid and medication
• Money for a pub stop at the end of the day!
Food & drink
You’ll need to bring lunch with you and snacks to keep the energy up. Don't forget to eat breakfast!! :)
Make sure you have plenty of water & fluids. A flask of something hot is always good on a cold day.
Good Mountain Foods
• Chocolate of course!
• Sunflower seas
• Nuts & dried fruit
• Energy bars (especially the ones with oats)
At the end of the day if people are up for it we’ll have a drink if everyone’s up for it!