Walk : Skiddaw Little Man (2,837ft), Skiddaw (3,053 ft) and Bakestall (2,189 ft) from Gale Road

Date : 29th April 2021

Weather : High winds, freezing cold, driving snow 1 C

 

Distance : 8 miles round trip

Time Taken : 1 hour 50 mins to first summit (Skiddaw Little man)

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

Overview

 

A week on from our last walk in the Far Eastern region where we actually got sunburn, this walk in the Northern region could not have been more

opposite on what was supposed to be the best weather day of the week. Spring like conditions at the start of the walk at the Gale Road car park behind

Latrigg to horizontally driving snow and freezing cold wind at Skiddaw summit. For myself it was a chance to bag Bakestall and for Sue & Ste to also

collect Skiddaw Little Man to their Wainwright tallies. Good paths throughout so therefore safe in mist driving snow or anything else

 

 

The Gale Road car park behind Latrigg is the start point for this walk

 

 

From the car park turn right through the gate and keep to the line of the fence

 

 

Looking back to the Helvellyn range from the fence

 

 

The path turns left and reveals the Engineered path that initially leads up to Jenkin Hill

 

 

We pass the Halwell monument erected in memory of two Skiddaw shepherds

 

 

At this point in time the weather is beautiful and giving very rewarding views here looking back to the North Western fells above Keswick

 

 

Just at the start of the climb. The stone track meanders up towards Jenkin Hill, the grass path cuts out a number of twists and turns but is steep

 

 

Looking back towards Derwent Water from the path

 

 

And then the weather turned

 

 

After tussling against gravity and driving sleet we eventually reach the fence at Jenkin Hill. If you are going directly to Skiddaw keep straight on

through the gate. We make a left turn to climb initially Skiddaw Lesser Man en route to Skiddaw Little Man

 

 

The first belt of weather eventually passes over us .

 

 

Leaving clear conditions but freezing cold wind as wwe climb up to Lesser Man first

 

 

From Skiddaw Lesser Man there is a clear path up to Skiddaw Little Man

 

 

As another belt of weather comes in as we continue on to Skiddaw`s South Top

 

 

Clear view to Derwent Water for the moment

 

 

The next belt of weather arrives as we continue on to Middle Top from South Top

 

 

Bassenthwaite from Middle Top

 

 

You ok there Spud ??

 

 

Skiddaw Main Top (High Man) Sue Ste and Spud at the summit cairn

 

Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit of Skiddaw https://youtu.be/4WrVHYtSj0g

 

 

The weather comes in again

 

 

We continue along to North Top to pick up the fence line that leads unerringly towards Bakestall. There is about thousand feet drop

 

 

Looking back to North Top as we descend towards Bakestall

 

 

The path down to the fence line. At the corner take a right turn to drop steeply down to Bakestall. The path leading to its summit can be seen in the

middle of the shot

 

 

Another belt of snow on Bakestall summit

 

Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit of Bakestall (NOT !!!) https://youtu.be/QOxtCbYsnR0

 

 

From Bakestall we return steeply to Skiddaw North Top to pick up the path back to Jenkin Hill

 

 

In between weather belts and a welcome break from the diving snow

 

 

So clear that Isle of Man comes in to view !!!

 

 

Coming down off South top. The path to the left avoids having to climb Little Man again and leads directly to Jenkin Hill

 

 

Looking towards Blencathra from near to Jenkin Hill

 

 

Looking north across to the Uldale Fells

 

 

This shot taken from the path down to Gale Road as the latest weather belt is just starting to clear

 

 

Team selfie on the way back down

 

 

Nearly back down where has all the snow gone did we imagine it ??? The 4 seasons in 1 day micro climate of Lakeland

 

 

 

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