I’m somewhat ashamed of how long it’s taken me to write this post. This walk was the second of our Keswick trip back in June, yet here I am at the end of August still trying to get it online. All I can say in my defence is that buying and doing up a house is very time consuming.
Anyway, enough excuses and on with the walk. You may recall that we’d arrived in Keswick on the Friday and then walked around Derwentwater, taking in Catbells on the way. Skiddaw was always our plan for the Saturday – the only full day of our stay – so we were hoping the weather would be an improvement on the day before.
Our hopes were partly answered. It was warm and bright, but there was still a lot of cloud. Although it was white and non-threatening, it was very low. Our hope was that it would lift as the day went on and we got nearer the summit.
We’d been advised by our B&B hosts that the walk up Skiddaw via Ullock Pike was far more enjoyable than the route straight up from Keswick. The path leaps up the hillside from the A591, just next to Ravenstone Manor hotel near Bassenthwaite, so we jumped in a taxi from Keswick to take us round to the start.
Even though we hadn't gotten to see these views, the glimpses through the cloud were still impressive. I also enjoyed the strange atmosphere that the cloud created at the top and the shadows it cast across the hillsides.
Despite the bad luck we had with the cloud, it was a fantastic walk and one I'd happily do again. Highly recommended!