Skiddaw Loop is a 7.1 mile loop trail located near Bassenthwaite, Cumbria, United Kingdom that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and walking.
This is a popular route for Skiddaw with ample parking along the narrow Orthwaite road at the first (or last from the opposite direction) lay-by. After crossing the agricultural fields the area known as 'The Watchers' is the start of the ridge proper. On the steeper sections up to Ullock Pike there are exposed stretches of shale rock to climb. At the summit cairn are exceptionally good views over Bassenthwaite Lake. Indeed this whole ridge looks impressive when viewed from the lakeshore at Broadness Farm especially in August when the heather is in full bloom. Longside Edge then follows to the summit of Long Side itself, then quickly by the third top of Carl Side which is broad and rounded. The ascent of Skiddaw from the hause is on a path which slants to the left of the broad SW. ridge on scree steepening as the summit plateau is neared which is some half-mile long. If you are lucky with the weather your reward will be the unrestricted views as enjoyed by Victorians' on their excursions from Keswick. The descent is an easy affair when a wire fence is picked up which is followed to Bakestall. A small trod is followed easily seen as it crosses Dead Beck to reach Cockup, a little visited minor top. A descent on grass is made to reach the intake wall and gate. A long straight track is taken towards Melbrecks where the Orthwaite road awaits on a bend. Follow this back to the start or alternatively navigate the paths via Hole House and Barkbeth farms.