Skiddaw Little Man - Route One

 

Start - Millbeck NY 255 261 Distance - 1.5 miles Ascent - 2,240 feet Time - 1 hour : 50 minutes


 A few hundred yards to the west of Millbeck's village hall, a lane, signposted Skiddaw footpath, is the starting point of this walk
The footpath leads past a small plantation where the view opens up to show the route of ascent, the south-west arete of Skiddaw Little Man, thrown into sharp relief by the early morning sunlight 
Looking back over Millbeck to the north western fells
Derwent Water from the path above Millbeck
The path climbs gradually towards a gate and stile before it starts to descend towards the deep valley of Mill Beck
Looking back to the north western fells from the gate
Descending towards Mill Beck
Crossing the stream between Doups and Carsleddam, White Stones on Carl Side on the horizon at its head
Just before reaching the weir in Mill Beck a path turns off to climb alongside the left bank
The south-west arete of Skiddaw Little Man from the path above Mill Beck
A short section of the path rises above a ravine giving a dramatic view down to series of waterfalls
Past the confines of the ravine the view opens out to Skiddaw at the head of the valley with the sharp profile of the south-west arete rising on the right
Looking back towards Derwent Water
Looking up Black Beck,to the south-west arete of Skiddaw Little Man on the left and Grey Crags on the right.  It is time to leave the main path now to begin the climb to the arete
Crossing Mill Beck, the main path can be seen reaching the col between Carl Side and Skiddaw
In the first edition of the northern fells guide Wainwright mentions a small larch tree which helps to identify the confluence of Black Beck.  This walk was done almost 50 years to the day after AW's ascent (4th September 1960)  The larch tree is now of considerable size and now has a small rowan for company growing on the opposite side of Mill Beck
Beginning the ascent to the foot of the arete, there is no path and the slope is much steeper than it appears in the photo!
The steepness of the slope gives plenty of reasons for looking back to appreciate the view!
Looking across to Grey Crags on the other side of Black Beck
Looking down the lower slopes to AW's larch, the grass and bracken have now given way to heather and rocks making the going much more difficult 
Looking across the slopes of Carsleddam to the north weternfells
Lovely views of Derwent Water on this ascent
Carl Side across the head of Mill Beck
Looking down from the first platform on the south-west arete
Lord's Seat, the highest of the Whinlatter fells over the tops of Carsleddam and White Stones
Looking up to the second platform
Looking down from the second platform, the top of the first platform is directly below
Helvellyn appears across the slopes of Grey Crags
Derwent Water from the second platform
The north western fells from the second platform
Looking up from the second platform to the narrowest part of the arete
Looking down the narrowest part of the arete
The final slopes leading directly to the summit
The summits of Long Side and Ullock Pike appear over the top of Carl Side
 The summit of Skiddaw
Over to the right the cairn on Skiddaw Lesser Man comes into view
Almost at the top now, looking down to the narrowest part of the arete
The summit cairn comes into view
The view to the south east over the summit of Lesser Man to the Helvellyn range
Looking down to the summit of Latrigg and across to the central fells
Derwent Water from the summit of Skiddaw Little Man
The Newlands Valley and the north western fells
Long Side and Ullock Pike over Carl Side col
The summit of Skiddaw
The upper Caldew Valley
Blencathra from the summit of Skiddaw Little Man

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