Long Side

Height: 734 metres / 2408 feet Grid reference: NY 24881 28441 Category: The Northern Fells

Long Side is part of a great ridge that runs from Bassenthwaite to Skiddaw

Long Side from Carl Side

Long Side from Carl Side

Carl Side and Skiddaw Little Man from Long Side

Carl Side and Skiddaw Little Man from Long Side

Ullock Pike from Long Side

Ullock Pike from Long Side

Carl Side

Start point: Millbeck (NY 255 262)

Millbeck – Doups – White Stones Carl Side Long Side Ullock Pike Longside Wood – Long Doors – Dodd – Lyzzick Wood – Millbeck

Distance: 5.5 miles     Total Ascent: 842 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours    Start Time: 08:15

Weather: Sunny. 18C

I didn’t really know where I was going to end up when I set off this morning and this was very much a dynamic walk. I intended going up to Skiddaw but I ended up going in the opposite direction and just making my mind up as I walked. The unusual descent is not really recommended unless you are in a rush and I could not resist squeezing Dodd in at the end of the walk. How I found my way through the woods below Dodd I’ll never know but as it turned out the navigation was spot on!


Skiddaw & The Edges

Start point: Orthwaite Road, near Bassenthwaite (NY 237 311)

Nr.Bassenthwaite – Watches – The Edge – Ullock Pike – Longside Edge – Long SideCarl SideSkiddawBroad EndBakestall – Nr.Bassenthwaite

Distance: 7.5 miles   Total Ascent: 885 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours

Weather: Wet and windy. 7oC.

This is a great way to reach Skiddaw, walking along The Edge and Longside Edge culminating in the steep, slate path cutting diagonally across the western face of Skiddaw – but it was not so great today as the weather was pretty atrocious! Today I was joined by my friend Nick with his dog Busta, both novices of the 3000 footers – I hope it didn’t put them off for life! Needless to say we didn’t see another soul for the whole walk either (apart from Andy Lang in the car park at the end – he did the same walk!).


Start point: Orthwaite Road, near Bassenthwaite (NY 237 311)

Bassenthwaite – Watches (300) – The Edge – Ullock Pike (301) – Longside Edge – Long Side (302) – Carl Side (303) Skiddaw (304-308) – Broad End (309) – Bakestall (310) –  Cockup (311)– Bassenthwaite

Distance: 7.9 miles     Total Ascent: 1229 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 40 minutes

Weather: Cold, many snow showers with blizzard conditions on Skiddaw.

Today’s walk is to Skiddaw via The Edge and Longside Edge – a really great route of ascent. The weather worsened throughout the walk and crampons were required for the steep ascent to Skiddaw. Once on the top, the blizzard whipped up and there was a complete white-out.

Longside Edge

Near Bassenthwaite (NY 237311) – Watches – Ullock Pike (170) Long Side (171)Carl Side (172)Skiddaw – Broad End – Bakestall –  Cockup – Near Bassenthwaite

A gloomy day, the cloud base being at a very low level, so no good views today unfortunately.