Skiddaw is the fourth highest mountain in the Lake District at 914 metres or 3054 feet. Wainwright, who wrote a number of classic guides to walking in this area wrote,” The summit is buttressed magnificently by a circle of lesser heights, all of them members of the proud Skiddaw family, the whole forming a splendid and complete example of the structure of mountains, especially well seen from all directions because of its isolation” which describes perfectly the appearance of this peak.
The views from Skiddaw are to Keswick and Daren’t Water to the south, low rolling hills to the north, the Bassenthwaite Lake and the head of the Newlands Valley to the west and Skiddaw Forest to the east.
Skiddaw does not have the edges and crags of other mountains over 3000 feet and is therefore a good and relatively easy peak for a general tourist to achieve. The correct footwear is essential. There are a number of routes up this mountain and the main one starts from the car park at Latrigg in Keswick which has a well marked and well trodden path to the top.