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At the start of this summer we decided to set ourselves our very own hiking challenge #3peaksinaweek which we kicked off with Skiddaw, England’s 6th highest peak at 931-metres.

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As well as taking on this challenge ourselves, we’ve invited anyone who would like to join us in getting to the top of their very own three peaks in a week, all to raise awareness for mental health – we truly believe that getting outside & connecting with nature is one of the very best things for your soul.

We put it to the poll across our social media channels & as voted by our awesome followers, headed up to the UK’s stunning Lake District to start off our challenge.

Skiddaw Hike – Three Peaks Challenge

Our Starting Point

Heading towards the picturesque little town of Keswick we turned off towards the little village of Millbeck to find a spot to park up at for the night, as our first peak was to also include a night of wild camping. There’s an option to park at Millbeck’s village hall for the fee of £3 (honesty box in the car park for payments) or to drive up the road a little where there a couple of spaces literally at the foot of the trail head. We parked up, grabbed all of our gear & set off early afternoon.

Our Route

Millbeck made for a peaceful starting point with hardly any other people around & we happily made our way onto the “Skiddaw Footpath”, up through the surrounded farmland & onto the trail.

We took the steep & winding path up the Doups all the way to the peak of Carl Side, the first 1.5 mile / 2.5 km stretch, whilst stopping to take in the beautiful views of Derwent Water on the way. After this we carried on the steep path, taking the left & stony fork for another 0.7 miles / 1.1 km all the way up to the summit of Skiddaw. The path afterwards took us 1.2 miles / 2 km to the peak of Skiddaw Little Man & onto our wild camping spot for the night, the next morning making our way back down to Millbeck via Applethwaite for 3.6 miles / 5.8 km.

The total route at 7 miles / 11.4 km was not an awful lot in distance but the incline & weather conditions at points certainly did make this one challenging climb…..

Our Ascent

Hiking up 810-metres in just 2.2 miles / 3.6 km made the first part of our journey one up hill slog.. There was pretty  much no break in the incline with the well laid out path become slippery stone for the last 1/2 a mile or so. We were told by some other hikers to make sure we stuck to the left hand side of the path & are we glad we did. The right hand side makes its way to Skiddaw Little Man which we ascended to after reaching Skiddaw itself.

Skiddaw – The Peak

As we started to reach the summit the wind really started to pick up making the climb even more tricky – all made totally worth it by the panoramic views up top. From the peak of Skiddaw you can see various mountain ranges including the North Pennines & even part of Snowdonia. The coastal plain is well in view up on Skiddaw as well as the Isle of Man being visible.  We may have been windswept but we certainly left feeling wowed.

More Views

As well as the views on Skiddaw itself the surrounding fells in the summer sun made for the most beautiful scenery, as well as Derwent Water sitting prettily behind us for most of our hike, looking particularly breathtaking from Skiddaw Little Man.

The surrounding farmland & grazing cattle just added more of a rustic feel to our hike & of course a little bit of sunshine always helps to improve the views.

Our Camping Spot

We had no real clue where we would camp up when we started off on our hike, somewhere sheltered & of course with a good view was our main aim. We dropped back down the other side of Skiddaw Little Man & found a stunner of a spot, right on the ridge above Derwent Water that was nowhere near as windy as on the top. The wind however, did pick up quite a bit during the night but our trusty Weather Tec tent held up for us & the sunset more than made up for the crazy gales!

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Our Descent

Making our way back down the well-marked path to Millbeck via the village of Applewaithe we set off early morning just after the sun had started to rise. This was such a beautiful time of day to hike, especially with the sun glistening on the valley below.

#3PeaksInAWeek

We continued our 3 peaks challenge in the Lake District by hiking up Helvellyn – Striding Edge click the link to read more about this epic hike.

We would love to hear about your own Lake District three peaks challenge or if you have done the  Skiddaw hike!

Thanks so much for reading – if you have any questions on our hike at all or would like to know more about our challenge please let us know in the comments or get in touch via our contact page.

Happy adventuring 🙂

Kelly & Adam x

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The Wilder Route - Author Bio. Image shows Kelly & Adam sat on a rock with a cloud encompassed mountain behind them, they are facing the camera & smiling. Kelly is wearing a bright yellow coat, a brown hat, jeans & yellow leg warmers. Adam is wearing a navy blue coast & jeans.

In 2017 Kelly & Adam Peck embarked on a journey that would change their lives forever... 

Equipped with a couple of second-hand bikes, they took a one-way flight to Havana, Cuba &, after a cycling escapade that took them over four hundred kilometres - through remote villages & untouched landscapes, the roots of The Wilder Route were firmly planted. 

From there the adventure was destined to continue... this intrepid couple spent the next 10 months soaking up the vibrance of Mexico, hiking up volcanoes in Guatemala, taking in the wild scenery of Canada & experiencing the beauty & diversity of Colombia, before eventually returning to the UK. 

With the feeling of exploration in their souls, Kelly & Adam knew that they wanted to build a life that brought them closer to nature, a life that made adventure part of their every day. Selling most of their belongings & packing the rest of what they owned into their tiny home on wheels, van life became the next step of their journey.

Since moving into their motorhome in 2018 (a Bessacar E560 named Barnaby) they have experienced many more magical moments, built their online business on the road & have even planned a wedding & said "I do" along the way.

Featured in publications such as Wanderlust Magazine & Housesitting Magazine & speaking at events such as Destinations ShowsBorderless Live & The Caravan & Motorhome Show about living a location-independent lifestyle - they are passionate about helping & inspiring others to explore, to connect with nature &, to live alternatively.

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