Having climbed Skiddaw in the northern Lake District many times over 30+ years of walking I have never seen the view from the top, I've been up there in all weather conditions but have looked forward to the day when I get the view over Bassenthwaite to the vista of the north western lakes, looking down Derwent Water to the distant Scafells, and from Helvelyn round to my Lakeland favourite Blencathra.
So the weekend before last Sharon and I were up in the Lakes celebrating my birthday, we had intended wild camping besides Scales Tarn beneath Sharp Edge on Blencathra, after we got up with all our gear we just couldn't get the tent up in the near gale force winds, so we retreated and pitched the tent next to the car. The next morning was beautiful, after sorting our B&B for the following night., we decided to get up Skiddaw as it was completely clear and the forecast was good for the day.
We had a great walk to the top via the Ullock Pike ridge, and descended via Bakestall, a Wainwright that I hadn't completed..... only 22 to go!!
The view from the start of the climb onto the ridge
Looking back to the western end of Bassenthwaite Lake
Looking across to Skiddaw
The North Western fells across Bassenthwaite
our route around the head of the valley
Sharon with Skiddaw behind
the route we have just come up
Sharon coming up the steep scree slope to the top of Skiddaw
The view I have longed to see, looking down on Derwent water from Skiddaw
The pair of us on top of Skiddaw
and on Bakestall
one of the local Swaledales in the bracken