Skiddaw: “Too high and totally undeveloped”

Room 6 view

From our favourite B&B room (Room 6) we often gaze out at the constantly changing scene of Skiddaw – with Blencathra and Latrigg peeking into the frame. Now we look up and remember the fantastic walks we have had up there, and recall the impressive views back down to The Mount.

It is a good thing that we don’t believe all TripAdvisor reviews (apart from the fabulous ones we get of course!!), as there has been more than one hilarious, seemingly serious, damning review of Skiddaw – complaining of the lack of development, café or even a funicular railway!

SkiddawBut even on the very steep climb from Latrigg to the summit, with tired legs and needing to stop for quite a few breathers, we would not have welcomed a railway! It is really hard to imagine who would – and so spoil the breath-taking views out to Scotland, Derwentwater and the Pennines. It is gloriously undeveloped and gloriously high – it was considered to be the highest Lakeland Fell in Wordsworth’s day. Somehow the views are all the more magical, because it has been a really hard slog getting there. We went up recently, a spontaneous speedy hike up on a sunny, crisp day when the children were in school, with snow on the tops and sun on our faces. No complaints here!


Lake District lakes