6th December 2008
The snow had fallen and the sky had cleared, it was time to head up to the Lake District and make a long overdue ascent of Skiddaw. Indeed this was my first walk in the Northern Fells for more than 10 years....
Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk
Parking and Start Point 08:00
Sun Rises on NW Fells
The start of the walk was very icy. I didn't have crampons and had to step carefully. I'm on the route known as the tourist path. Previously I've climbed Skiddaw by two other routes, so this was new to me.
The Way Ahead
The Route up Skiddaw
The Ratcliffe's Christmas Card for 2008
It was very cold up here, but exhilarating and the photo opportunities were plentiful.
Me at the top of Skiddaw
Walkers battle against the snow
Dodd - I'll be there soon
Sun Setting Over NW Fells
The end of my walk is not far away. It's been a great winter walk and my legs are weary.
Walkers: Just Me
Time taken: 8hr over an undetermined distance, somewhere in the region of 12 miles, according to my legs.
Route: Parking near Keswick, flank of Latrigg, Skiddaw tourist route, Skiddaw, Carl Side, Dodd, road walk back to the car/
Weather and conditions: Clear and crisp, very cold on top
Greetings Count: Low, not many about today
Richard's Refreshment Review: To be honest, I'm writing this account 13 months on from the event. I can't remember if I stopped on the way home, so no retrospective RR this time.
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2008 ©