Skiddaw Forest

Start point: Gale Road End (NY 281 253)

Gale Road Lonscale Fell Lonscale PikeJenkin Hill Skiddaw Lesser Man Skiddaw Little Man Skiddaw Bakestall – Birkett Edge – Whitewater Dash – Little CalvaGreat Calva (514) – Skiddaw house – Lonscale Crags – Gale Road

Distance: 13 miles     Total Ascent: 1190 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Overcast, clearing. 20oC.

After the sunshine and blue skies of the last few days, the clouds were hanging ominously over Skiddaw when I set off for a circuit of Skiddaw Forest from Gale Road this morning. From Lonscale Fell onwards, I was in the clouds with Skiddaw being windswept and cold as it so often is. The main objective today was Great Calva as I completed my second recorded set of 214 Wainwright fells on it. I haven’t been actively pursuing that goal and it has taken me 3 years to get round them all again.

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