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Skiddaw by the Jenkin Hill Bridleway
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.
Distance 16.8km (10.5 miles)
Total ascent 970m
Time 6-7 hours
Start/finish Keswick GR NY266234
Terrain Streets, bridleway, steep grassy fellside and stony summit ridge
OS Landranger 89 & 90 (1:50 000)
OS Explorer OL4 (1:25 000)
Harvey Superwalker XT25 Lake District North
British Mountain Maps Lake District (1:40 000)