1. Parking close to Latrigg, the assault on Skiddaw gets off to a swift start. There's a decent area for parking... free (cue the sound of Yorkshireman stampeding that way)... but there are no facilities and it can fill up if you wait much beyond mid-morning. Another bonus of starting here is the lovely close-up view you'll get of sheep and cloud.
2. As you climb up from Latrigg, the view open up pretty quickly. To be fair, so do any foot-travelling companions' lungs. It's a pretty steep and brutal way to start the day, but height gained quickly means those all important views come rushing up to greet you much sooner.
3. At 931m (3054ft), Skiddaw is the fourth highest mountain in the Lake District. It guards Keswick like a guarding thing that has a pretty important reason for guarding something. It's often wearing a lovely little bobble hat of cloud. However, that cloud is also known to bugger off pretty quickly as well. Let's just reiterate that - fourth highest peak. Over three thousand feet. What are you waiting for?
4. Although the track is rocky, rugged and steep, with care it's passable if you have an ATW to meet the needs of the climb. It offers the opportunity for the ATW driver to disappear up the mountain in relative safety. We say relative because at all points we have to remember the place is a mountain and as such is prone to things such as weather. However, if you apply a modicum of common sense and follow the rules of being outdoors you are open to the opportunity of a brilliant day out.
5. The summit ridge is a little bit like a crap runway. In the cloud, you do need to take that extra bit of care to ensure you don't disappear over a steep edge. Actually, take that level of care in good visibility too. That said, this rocky ridge is a perfect stopping off point for flasks, sandwiches and photos, along with the inner glow you'll have when you reach 931m on a brilliant day out.