One of the classic routes of the Lake District, this walk takes you up Skiddaw from Keswick and offers fantastic views of the surrounding area at every juncture. The paths are of excellent quality and the route is gentle and enjoyable by all. You will reach 931 metres at the summit and travel over the area. It is a 10-mile route so worthy of a whole day out and you have the added bonus of returning to Keswick where there are plenty of great pubs and good food.
Begin by walking alongside Victoria Street out from the centre of Keswick, in the direction of Windermere. Then head part the War Memorial, taking the left turn right after it, onto Station Road. Walk past Fitz Park and then cross the bridge at the Youth Hostel Association hostel before continuing past Keswick’s Museum and Art Gallery, as far as the Leisure pool. Head out of the car park at the back of the pool, crossing the mini roundabout and then follow the steps up to the footpath which runs up behind a hedge along the road. Cross over a side road and stay on the same footpath until it disappears. The hill you can see to your left is Latrigg, head along in the same direction for 200 yards before turning off to the bridle path which is well signposted ‘Skiddaw 4 miles’. The path you’re turning onto is called Spooney Green Lane and you follow this lane over the main A66 on a footbridge. As you follow the path up the hill you will stay to the left when the path forks and you are heading towards Mallen Dodd. Head through the gate in front of you and walk alongside the conifer plantation which is fenced in. You then follow the path up and round a car park (you could choose to park here if looking for a shorter walk).
Head through the gate at the top of the car park and ahead you’ll see Blencathra. Turn left and walk towards the kissing gate and then continue through another gate beyond this. You will pass the Hawell Memorial, which is a stone cross and then follow the line of the fence which leads onto a widened gravel path which takes you up to the mountain.
You will then pass through a further get which leads to a zigzag path to the steepest section of the walk. You will see the Little Man peak ahead but you need to turn to the right just before approaching its summit and head through another gate to follow a gentle incline up towards Skiddaw. Once you reach the end of this gentle walk you will climb up to a cairn and you will then be within looking distance of the summit of Skiddaw. The route back simply retraces the route back down to Keswick.
This is a relatively long walk but it is gentle and there are very few hazards or difficult spots along the way. It could easily be enjoyed by walkers of all experiences and the route is perfectly fine for dogs too.