Summat Skiddy - 9th June 2024

Led by Allan

Having checked the weather forecast for Skiddaw which was very poor visibility, feels-like temperature of -2 and -3C all day and rain most of the day the leader decided to do the backup walk going round Skiddaw. The walk was due to start at the parking area near Peter House Farm, NY249323, at 0830. On arrival there the car park was full. Three members and a visitor got parked just above High Side, NY236309 and after a delay the fourth member joined us. The walk eventually got started at 0900.

We followed the footpath towards Ullock Pike and after reaching the open access ground turned right along Watches footpath into Dodd Wood visitor centre. After a quick stop to use the facilities there the group followed the track up by the side of Dodd to Long Doors. After enjoying the views there the group joined the footpath through Lyzzick Wood area to Millbeck, stopping on the way for a coffee break. Once out on the road the route followed the road up to the car park and onto Latrigg. After enjoying more good views the group then went down to Derwentfolds then up to the Blencathra Centre for lunch. After lunch the group went up to the car park behind the Centre and followed the track to Skiddaw House where there was a brief drink stop before continuing along the track past Dash Falls and on to Peter House Farm. Here the group turned left and went down the road to Melbeck where the group turned left and followed the path to Birkbeth and back to the car park.

Skiddaw summit stayed in the clouds all day. The weather was kind and the rain stayed away. Total distance covered was 17.5 miles with 3630ft of ascent. Finishing time was 17.00.