With: Ian Wallace; Alan & Paul Rainford
Weather: Unseasonally mild (11 degC) in the valleys; very windy on summit ridge; occasional glimpses of sunshine
Where: Lake District Northern Fells - Ullock Pike; Longside Edge; Carl Side & Skiddaw
Approx 8miles & 3.200' ascent
|Ian on Ridge up to Ullock Pike|
Skiddaw is often referred to as a boring hill, however, in my view the approach over Ullock Pike & Longside Edge, then via Carl Side & its tarn is one of the top three routes in the North Lakes and is right up there with the best in this region. The summit plateau is anything but boring and has all the atmosphere of the other lakeland 3,000 'ers.
We set off in unseasonally mild weather from the Orthwaite Road and soon worked our way through the pastoral land to begin our steep climb out of Southerndale, followed by the steady ascent up towards Ullock Pike.
|Paul Rainford - a Snow Flecked Southerndale|
Longside Edge was decorated with the blunt remains of cornices which must have recently tumbled into the valley below & we made good progress through patchy snow to arrive swiftly at Carl Side.
|Dropping off Longside & Approaching Carl Side|
The climb on to the Skiddaw summit plateau is quite strenuous, we were rewarded with magnificent fleeting glimpses of the ridge we had just traversed but I was never quick enough to grab a photo!
|Ian in Ascent|
The summit was wild, we headed off to the north & ultimately picked up the line of a fence just east of north which we followed off down Birkett Edge to Dash Falls & a long walk out to Peter House Farm.
|Alan & Paul Descending Through Patchy Snowfields to North of Skiddaw|
|The Northern Fells|