Skiddaw Little Man

Skiddaw Little Man, viewed from the Grisedale Pike path above Braithwaite

Height: 2837 feet above sea level

Volume: Book 5 (The Northern Fells)

Date climbed: 20th July 2009 (walk 2)

Bagged as number: 6 out of 214. [ << Skiddaw (5)  (7) Whiteless Pike >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Approached from Skiddaw, descended via the tourist path to Keswick.

View from Skiddaw Little Man summit

View from Skiddaw Little Man summit

What Mr. Wainwright says (from page 13 of his chapter): “This viewpoint is detached and distant, and situated high above the wide Vale of Keswick, so that the mountain skyline beyond is seen beyond a great gulf, as if being approached by aeroplane, and sufficiently removed to admit correct perspectives and relationships. From this viewpoint, as the onlooker turns his gaze through the southern arc, the picture unfolds like the canvas of a master. This is Cinemascope in excelsis, on a scale never envisaged by Hollywood, a vast scene on a screen as wide as the heavens.”

What I say: It certainly is a classic view. But I wonder if we are not now more used than people were in AW’s day to seeing landscapes in such a way, simply because we spend more time in aeroplanes. To me the view lacked intimacy and spectacular though it was, I think the view from Barrow (for instance) was more interesting. And because AW always neglects the non-Lakeland aspects of his views, he doesn’t fully do justice to the ones available from places like Grey Friar or Sallows, either. But don’t think that it isn’t worth the effort.

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