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Conquering Skiddaw via Longside Edge, Tracing Wainwright's Steps

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable hiking adventure in the stunning Lake District? Join us on an exhilarating journey through the heart of nature as we set out to conquer Skiddaw via Longside Edge, retracing the legendary footsteps of Alfred Wainwright. This hiking adventure promises breathtaking vistas, challenging terrain, and a deep connection with the Lake District’s untamed beauty. Join us as we explore Skiddaw and discover the magic of Longside Edge.

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Turn by Turn Directions

Upon arriving at the Ravenstone Hotel, our hiking journey commences with a scenic trek through Dodd Wood, as captured in Video 1:10. We follow a trail that leads us southward, just adjacent to the hotel. The climb through Dodd Wood offers breathtaking vistas of Bassenthwaite Lake, as showcased in Video 2:10. Our path proceeds towards Ling How, marking our route southward to The Edge, as seen in Video 2:30. From The Edge, we enjoy a splendid perspective of our onward journey, taking in the route toward Ullock Pike and beyond to Skiddaw.


The ascent of Ullock Pike is showcased in Video 3:10 and rewards us with awe-inspiring views, as highlighted in Video 3.20. Continuing along Longside Edge, we arrive at Carlside Tarn, featured in Video 4:50. Although it may be small and somewhat uninspiring, the panoramic views across to Keswick and Derwent Water more than compensate for any initial disappointment. The final leg of our journey to the summit is a scree-covered terrain, which can be quite demanding. Don’t forget to pause and glance behind you at Video 5:25, as the views are truly breathtaking.

Upon reaching the plateau, a relatively short trek brings us to the summit of Skiddaw, as depicted in Video 6:20. Here, a trig point and information plate await, providing insights into the points of interest visible from the summit. It’s an ideal moment to take a break and savor the awe-inspiring scenery.

Leaving the summit of Skiddaw, we head northward towards Broad End, as shown in Video 6:55, before embarking on our descent, which boasts a manageable gradient. Continuing northwest through the heather-covered terrain, we must locate a less-defined path, as illustrated in Video 8:10. It’s advisable to download the route and use the OS GPS App, the link to which can be found below, to ensure you don’t miss this trail. While navigating around Barkbethdale/Barkbeth Gill horseshoe, you’ll have ample time to contemplate the walk, as indicated in Video 8:55, and appreciate the remarkable adventure it has been.

Our route then leads us to Little Knot, where we are treated to a fantastic view of the path we’ve just completed, as showcased in Video 9:50. Subsequently, we follow a small ridge that reconnects with the path we ascended earlier. As we make our way back from the fells, we cut through Dodd Wood to return to our starting and ending point at the Ravenstone Hotel, where a visit is highly recommended.

Upon completing this exhilarating hike, one can easily understand why this trail was cherished by Alfred Wainwright as one of his favorites.


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Mapping and Directions:

OS Map AppOrdnance Survey Maps and routing

Maps Ordnance Survey Maps

Compass Must have


Equipment used:

JacketRab Microlight Alpine JacketEquipment Review

Jacket Montane Gravity Gore-Tex Jacket

FootwearMerrell Accentor Sport GTX

Boots – Scarpa Rush Trek GTXEquipment Review

TrousersMontane BMC Terra Pants

Waterproof TrousersMountain Hardwear Epic Pant

Socks1000 mile wool fusion double layer

Head TorchLifesystems Intensity 220 Head TorchEquipment Review

Backpack Hi Gear Active22

BladderCamelbak 2.5L Hydration Reservoir


Camera Kit

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Insta360 3M (10ft) Invisible Selfie Stickmake it look like a drone

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Conquering Skiddaw via Longside Edge, Tracing Wainwright's Steps

Join us on an exhilarating journey through the heart of nature as we set out to conquer Skiddaw via Longside Edge, retracing the legendary footsteps of Alfred Wainwright.


7.6 miles

OS Explorer OL4


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