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Skiddaw by the Ullock Pike ridge

13th March 2016

Route.  High Side - Watches - Ullock pike - Longside - Carl Side - Skiddaw - Bakestall - Dash falls High Side

(about 9 miles 3000 ft ascent)

Myself , Mark and Sue climbed Skiddaw by the super Ullock Pike ridge. Although overcast for most of the day it was ridiculously warm for March.


Passing the gorse bushes in the field near High Side. Ullock Pike ahead.


Without much of a warm up it's straight into the climbing.


Passing the stones at Watches.


We were down to T shirts here. Even Sue was "glowing" slightly in the heat.


Zooming over to the Coniston fells with a slight inversion in the valley.


 Keswick, Derwentwater and the high fells from Ullock Pike


Looking across to our path to Skiddaw top.


From Carl Side we made for the thin path through the scree.

Looking back at the ridge just climbed.

 Snow covered Carl Side tarn.

The steep path was as tricky as I've known it as the slate scree had turned into a muddy paste which caused a few slips and stumbles.

You often see mountain bikers on Skiddaw and I always assumed that they descended by way of the tourist path.

But incredibly this lot went down the scree path we had just come up. Rather them than me ! ( They managed to avoid running Sue and Mark over)

I think this is Bowfell and Esk Pike but the snow seemed to make picking out familiar hills harder than usual.

I'm fairly confident that's Grisedale Pike and CragHill/Eel Crag directly behind Mark

Helvellyn catches the sun.

The view finder on Skiddaw.

Still quite a bit of snow on the drop down to Bakestall.

Zooming in on Atkinson Pike on Blencathra.

And looking over the East top of Lonscale fell to Great Dodd

Skiddaw from Bakestall.

Scotland across the Solway Firth.

 Passing the impressive Dead Crags.

Whitewater Dash falls.

The stone sign on the track near Dash farm

A last look at our ascent route from just before we join the road at Peter House farm.


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