It’s been a couple of weeks since I last had my boots on and during that time I have been looking back on some of my past walks. One of my favourites is the ascent of Skiddaw via Millbeck which I did with Les and Jim.
We started our walk in Keswick and walked out to Millbeck and then followed the Allerdale Ramble up to Carl Side.
The path was very steep and rough as we headed up to Carlside Col.
At the col we paused for lunch. Visibility was perfect and we could look out to many of the major Lakeland Fells. We could even see the Isle of Man on the horizon.
At Carlside Col we made the short diversion to the left to visit Carl Side at 2420 ft. It was then back to the coll and a pause at Carlside Tarn.
It was now time to start climbing again up to the south top of Skiddaw. It was hard going and I was soon lagging behind.
At last we reached the top and headed for the main summit at 3053 ft.
It had been a tough climb but well worth it for the view.
Our descent was via Skiddaw Little Man and then down the tourist route past Jenkin Hill.
We passed the monument which is a memorial to two members of the Hawell family. Edward, who was born in 1815 and his son Joseph who was born in 1854. They were both shepherds in Lonscale and breeders of Herdwick sheep.
The foot of the cross is inscribed with the words –
Great Shepherd of Thy heavenly flock,These men have left our hill
Their feet were on the living rock, Oh guide and bless them still.
A wonderful epitaph.
It had been a fantastic days walking.