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The hills rising north of Keswick and the river Greta form a close-knit group entirely separated from the rest of the district. The character of the hills is a little different too. The fells here are formed of slate and are typically vast, rounded bulks with grassy slopes and few crags. There are no villages, hamlets, farms or roads within the group; just a single, isolated building now functioning as Skiddaw House youth hostel.
Skiddaw House sits at the centre of the group and has valleys
from it to the south, northwest and northeast. These valleys serve to
the Northern Fells into three sub-groups. The southwestern group is the
Skiddaw massif; rising to 3053 ft Skiddaw itself is England's fourth
mountain. It dominates Keswick and pretty nearly all views along
Although Skiddaw is really just one big mountain it has many outliers
Wainwright - who is the definitive reference source in these situations
- recognises nine separate fells altogether, including the delightful
which sits immediately north of Keswick. Skiddaw is one of Britain's
3000ft mountains to climb.
||Latrigg, April 2003
A short walk across Keswick's local fell.
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