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Skiddaw Little Man



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Height: 865m (2,838ft) GPS: NY 26679 27785 Walking Routes

Skiddaw Little Man also called Little Man
, is a fell in the English Lake District which is situated four kilometres north of the town of Keswick and reaches a height of 865 m (2,837 ft).

Little Man is often overlooked and disregarded as an independent and distinct fell due to its name which makes it sound like a minor top of its parent fell Skiddaw which in fact lies 1.5 kilometres to the north west.

To the north and east Little Man is connected to the Skiddaw massif, Lonscale Fell being the nearest separate fell to the east, 2.5 kilometres away.

To the south and the west the fell falls away steeply with fast flowing streams draining the fell into the River Derwent.

Half a kilometre to the south east of the main summit lies a lower top called Lesser Man (815 metres), this is adorned with an unusual cairn consisting of rocks and old fence posts.

A further half a kilometre to the south east of Lesser Man, on the other side of the bridleway from Keswick to Skiddaw, stands Jenkin Hill (735 metres), this flat topped height is regarded as an outlier of Little Man.

Little Man has one big advantage over Skiddaw in that its convex southern slopes make it a far better viewpoint than its higher neighbour, in fact the panorama from Little Man is regarded as one of the best in the national park taking in the valleys and lakes of northern Lakeland as well as all of the best known fells of the district.

Many people climb Little Man via the tourist path from Keswick on the way to the summit of Skiddaw, however there are several better and more interesting but steep ascents from the hamlets of Millbeck and Applethwaite to the south of the fell.

One of the routes from Millbeck is a scramblers route up the steep south west ArÍte.

Walking routes near Skiddaw Little Man


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