Ullock Pike & Skiddaw Circular Walk

Difficulty
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Hard
Duration
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4.5-6.5h
Distance
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11.6 km
Elevation
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903 m
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Ullock Pike & Skiddaw Circular Walk

The Ullock Pike & Skiddaw Circular Walk is a rugged adventure in the Lake District that will lead you uphill along an impressive ridgeline to reach the summits of these two peaks. While out on the trail, you will traverse some steep and rocky terrain to reach a viewpoint with amazing views overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake and the surrounding mountains of the area. This route is sure to produce a bit of a leg burn, but the amazing views are well worth the effort.

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Route Description for Ullock Pike & Skiddaw Circular Walk

Walking the Ullock Pike & Skiddaw Circular is a challenging journey that will take you up the steep hillside and along a rugged ridge to the summits of several majestic peaks. The terrain here can be a bit rough and rocky underfoot, so make sure to bring any necessary gear, including good walking boots and poles for stability on the trail. Additionally, the majority of this route is exposed to the elements. Check the weather prior to setting out and take any necessary precautions.

Setting out from the roadside parking area, the trail will initially take you east along the slopes of Barkbeth Hill before turning south to climb the ridgeline to the summit of Ullock Pike. Enjoy the amazingly scenic views overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake before continuing along the ridge to the summits of Long Side and Carl Side. After visiting this rocky peak, you will need to traverse a precarious stretch of loose gravel terrain before climbing up to the 931 m summit of Skiddaw. Here, you will enjoy some more scenic views across the undulating landscape before descending along the trail to the summit of Bakestall. Head to the northwest and continue your descent of the hillside to traverse the open farmland on the return leg of the journey back to the parking area where you began the walk

Getting to the Ullock Pike & Skiddaw Circular Walk Trailhead

To reach the parking area for the Ullock Pike & Skiddaw Circular Walk from Keswick, head east on Crosthwaite Road for 0.6 km and take the second exit at the roundabout onto the A591. Follow this for 7.7 km, turning right to arrive at a layby that you can park at in 0.3 km.

Route Information

  • When to do

    March-October

  • Backcountry Campsites

    No

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Average

  • Crowd Levels

    High

  • Route Type

    Circuit

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