Dreaming of a White Christmas? Here’s Skiddaw in November Instead…

There were a few flakes of snow just now – well sleet but I guess it’s close – falling outside or rather being blown in ahead of yet another of the heavy rain showers barrelling in from the North Atlantic. Any dreams of a White Christmas here in the UK are rapidly fading so for a suitably seasonal post – with some snow – here’s a few photos from a walk up Skiddaw I did just over a month ago in early November.

Skiddaw in snow

The path from Underskiddaw is the easiest and quickest way to England’s fourth highest summit

Sun and snow in the Lake District

A snowy scene at the col just before the final rise to the summit of Skiddaw

Skiddaw summit

The sun and snow leant an alpine summer feel to the summit – the wind was cold though

View of Blencathra from Skiddaw

The far side of Skiddaw is high remote country compared to Keswick. The picture shows Blencathra from the summit.

This route from Underskiddaw known as the Tourist Route is not the best way to Skiddaw; that being the Longside Edge Route from the North West – but it is the quickest and easiest. Besides you don’t get too many days like this – especially at this time of year – and I enjoyed a walk in warm sunshine without too many tourists up to 3054 feet where an icy wind reminded me that it wasn’t summer in the Alps after all but November in the Lake District.

Happy Christmas…

Pete Buckley Dec 2013

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About Pete Buckley

Hi I'm Pete and I'm a UK based outdoor enthusiast, part time writer and photographer. My work includes action adventure novel The Colonel of Krasnoyarsk as well as a couple of travel stories recounting firstly a campervan adventure around New Zealand and then a week on foot in the Swiss Alps, hiking from the Eiger to the Matterhorn. The subject of these pages is predominantly hiking in the English Lake District (which is near where I live), North Wales and the Scottish Highlands as well as cycling; from rides with the kids to trail riding in the Highlands of Scotland and other wonderful places... Thanks for visiting.
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6 Responses to Dreaming of a White Christmas? Here’s Skiddaw in November Instead…

  1. Morgan says:

    Oh Beautiful! Happiest Christmas to You and Yours. Blessings and Joy for a Healthy and Peaceful New Year 🙂

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  2. LensScaper says:

    Superb set, Pete. Happy Christmas to you and yours.

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