Skiddaw by Night

The Lake District National Park is renowned for its beautiful hills, valleys and lakes, a wonderful and inspiring natural playground. Skiddaw (931m) is the fourth highest mountain in England. Its iconic pyramid shape is easily recognisable from Keswick, where we start our adventure. Setting off as it gets dark, we tackle the long, gradual climb to its summit cairn. As we descend we’ll see the sun rise over the surrounding peaks, with Derwentwater in the distance – an unforgettable experience. We celebrate our huge achievement with a slap-up breakfast back in Keswick!

Trekkers walking on a mountain during the Skiddaw by Night charity walk

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The itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Keswick

We’ll meet in the evening in Keswick in the heart of the Lake District, and get ready for our trek. We’ll have a carb-loading dinner and a full briefing, and once the sun has set we set off on our exciting night challenge! We walk along fairly flat footpaths – enjoy it while it lasts! – which soon start to head uphill as we cross fields, following the Cumbria Way towards Lattrigg. As we come to the foot of the mountain we cross a beck and ascend steadily. We may still be able to see Keswick and Derwentwater below us, as well as silhouettes of the surrounding hills. As it gets darker we’ll get out our head-torches – very atmospheric! The path is well-maintained and wide, and the gradient relatively steady almost all the way, though it’s a long haul. Passing the lesser summit of Little Man (865m), we continue on to Skiddaw itself. At the top, we enjoy the silence of the mountain in the middle of the night, while below us lies a sleeping Lake District. We have gained over 800m in height since we set off – a real achievement!

Day 2: Descend and depart

After time to enjoy the summit experience – though you may not want to linger long if it’s cold – we descend the same way initially, then take a different route which brings us more steeply and quickly down to Millbeck; it’s then flatter as we walk back to Keswick. On the way down we’ll enjoy wonderful sunrise views over the Lake District, with Derwentwater before us. The descent will be less tiring, but can be hard on the knees. We return to Keswick for a big celebration breakfast! After saying our farewells to our fellow trekkers, we head home, tired but very elated!

Trek approx 6-8 hours

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Event Location: Lake District National Park, Windermere