Ullock Pike, Long Side, Carl Side, Skiddaw and Bakestall

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Lake District National Park

Ullock Pike, Long Side, Carl Side, Skiddaw and Bakestall is a 7.2 mile loop trail located near Keswick, Cumbria, England that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and bird watching.

Length7.2 miElevation gain2,962 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingWalkingBird watchingViewsScrambleNo shade
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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.

The summit of Skiddaw is often shrouded in cloud when others are free !!

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Thomas Charters
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Hiking

Easiest walk so far regarding paths to follow on, great minus all the fog meaning we seen nout

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Rosie Harrison
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Great route! Wouldn’t recommend in adverse weather conditions. Would be fantastic on a clear day.

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Daniel Ward
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HikingGreat!Snow

10/10! The day was perfect couldn’t of asked for better!! Such a clear day!! Snow made it everything! Views for days! Unreal walk. Best yet by far.

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Richard Atherton
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Simon Done
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HikingGreat!ScrambleSnow

Great conditions and a great hike up Ullock Pike and along to Longside and Carl Side with great views. Hard climb in the snow up Skiddaw where I had to use the ice axe to assist my climb up. The weather on the summit was a complete blizzard with strong winds and zero visibility where I had to use the force to guide me onto the next checkpoint. Snow was knee deep in places as we headed towards Bakestall then the weather was not to bad at Bakestall. Good test for the legs and mental strength that was.

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Mark James Green
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Morning started good, we had snow on the ground a clear sky and managed 3 clear Summits, that was until we got up Skiddaw. As soon as we climbed onto the top, the knee deep snow on the way up really took it out of you, we were faces with Gail force winds and total white out. We managed to navigate the way using the App. The snow really mad this difficult but also enjoyable.

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Rob Coughlin
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Jonny Garton
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Windy hail stone blasting hell. Great trail however and views once you get lower.

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Steven Roberts
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Sean Chan
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When I planned this hike all the weather forecasts were in my favour that was until I got to the base of skiddaw. In seconds the weather turned from a slightly cloudy day to zero visibility and very strong winds I estimate gusting 30-35 mph so it was a lot harder walking/scrambling up the scree to the summit, now I’m a fairly fit 55 yo but all the same it was tough going, once at the summit the wind intensity picked up even more so I quickly made my way dow the other side following the map route. Once I had descended a couple hundred ft the wind dropped to a moderate blustery day. I guess that was a lesson for me not to trust general weather apps as it just goes to show how unpredictable the weather can be at those heights, having said all that on the whole I throughly enjoyed the challenge and strike off another of the wainwright’s

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Matt Hill
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Raven Nelson-flower
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Ellie K
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HikingMuddyRocky

The parking for the start of this trail is very limited, we ended up parking near Dodd Wood. We then went up Carl Side, joining the trail up to Skiddaw, which was very steep scree but good fun. Towards the end of the trail it was super muddy/boggy.

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Ayden R
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HikingFloodedMuddy

The parking here was terrible, up a very narrow road and already full by 9am. We parked a mile away near Dodd Wood instead, which was much better, and found a different route up to Carl Side where we then joined the trail. Up to Skiddaw was good fun - very steep and a lot of scree. The way back down was also for the most part, though nearer the bottom it became muddy, flooded and boggy which wasn’t very enjoyable at all. The way up to Long Side looked great, so it was a shame to miss out on that, though was happy enough with our alternative.

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Bill Jefferies
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Paul Jones
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Fiona Bromiley
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Toby B
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Muhammed Patel
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Humaid Dedat
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Daniel Morris
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Backpacking

Not nearly as steep (for Wainwrights) as everyone has said, and distance was right!!

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Tattoo’d Hikers
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HikingMuddyRocky

Awesome trial .. we started from Ravenstone Manor so was 8.5 miles in total. Incredibly steep from the first step. Ullock Pike and long side is an awesome section , then another very steep push upto skiddaw , unfortunately couldn’t see a thing at the summit today but still great to be up there. 5 wainwright’s bagged on this walk which is great ...

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Iuliia Kostka
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Some people say it is hard trail, but I would say it’s sometimes moderate but mostly easy

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Dolphin Dolphin
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HikingMuddyNo shadeRockyScramble

The conventional route is alarmingly steep but well worth the effort. The views are simply spectacular and the sense of achievement palpable. NOTE: There is a lot of scree on the stretch up to Skiddaw peak. Not for the faint-hearted.

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