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Walking Route


Cumbria Tourism


CA12 4QG

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A superb way to the summit of Skiddaw, which takes in the fine shapely ridge, Longside edge, that extends north from Carl Side and is separated from the main massif by the deep trench of Southerndale. From a distance the crest of Longside Edge looks deceptively narrow, suggesting that there may be some scrambling involved. Closer inspection reveals otherwise - the crest is exposed but walkable. Descent is down the steep grassy ridge that leads northeast to Bakestall and skirts Dead Crags to gain the access track by the impressive waterfall Whitewater Dash.

Duration: 5 - 6 hours

Miles: 13

Detailed route information
Time/Effort 3 out of 5
Navigation 3 out of 5
Technicality 4 out of 5
Height gain/loss (metres) 894
OS map OS Landranger 90, OS Outdoor Leisure 4



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Map reference: NY 234302  Lat: 54.66103 Long: -3.18897

From the M6 motorway, leave at the Penrith junction 40. Take the A66 signposted for Keswick, carry on past Keswick heading towards Cockermouth, once at a main roundabout take theA591 to Bassenthwaite.