Every time I've visited Keswick, I've wanted to climb Skiddaw, which is the 6th highest peak in England at just over 3050 feet. It's also covered in beautiful heather at this time of year. The first part of the hike is quite a gentle.
Looking back from the slopes of Skiddaw, you get an amazing view of Keswick, Derwentwater and Catbells and the Newlands Horseshoe prominent among a wave of amazing fells.
Like many high mountains, Skiddaw can be a slog at times. And it does have one of the worst false tops I've ever encountered. We're already fairly high up in the photo below and it looks as if there's just one more steep climb ahead of us.
But no - here's what greeted us. Down and up again!
But the views are worth it. This is almost near the summit, looking west towards Bassenthwaite Lake.
And once down again in the late afternoon, a final smug look back. Yep, that's another peak crossed off. And we got back with an hour still to go for browsing in the market. I did mention a wool stall!