As you know it was always our intention to tackle the northern fells last week and Skiddaw seemed as good a place to start as any. We started off in the Gale Road car park which felt like a bit of a cheat as it's about halfway up the fell but, as we were doing a circular route, we figured it wasn't cheating really as we'd have to climb back up to the car park at the end of the day. I have to be 100% honest here and say that we found the route up really rather boring - it's very wide and easy to follow but really busy and certainly not an escape from the world. We saw 3 different people all chattering away on their mobile phones and that just seemed so wrong, are we the only people who climb the fells to escape? No chance of enjoying the peace and quiet when someone is bellowing "I'm on the mountain!" Dom Joly style, into their mobile phone as they slither down the path back to the car park.
|Skiddaw & Skiddaw Mini Me|
Eventually we made it to the summit staying just long enough for a quick sarnie and a drink before getting down again and out of the wind. Our route down was via Carl Side and it started off as bit of a freefall down a massive scree slope and continued its slippy slidey routine the entire route down. It's nice not to see all the fells sanitised with steps everywhere, though I do completely understand that they're put there to help prevent the erosion from the millions of pairs of walking boots that tramp up and down them each year - talking of which, my boot/ sock combo are still doing marvellously, though they did very much appreciate a dry walk for a change.
|Wast Water Screes|
|Britain's Favourite View. Well, most of it.|