Saturday, 1 July 2000

Skiddaw Little Man

Little Man from the neighbouring Carl Side
Height: 865m (2,838ft)
Prominence: 61m (200ft)
Region: Northern Fells
Classifications: Hewitt, Nuttall, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Jumbled summit cairn
Times climbed: 1
Related trip reports:
Sale How, Skiddaw & Little Man - 11/11/2017
Skiddaw - 31/10/2013
The summit of Little Man looking towards Lesser Man
What Wainwright said:

"Skiddaw's Little Man is situated fully one mile from its High Man and forms a distinctive peaked summit with independent routes of ascent, commanding the most magnificent panoramic view of the heart and soul of Lakeland and controlling a major watershed - and on these grounds is treated here as a separate fell and deserving of a separate chapter".

Despite its name (which makes it sound like a minor top of Skiddaw) Little Man, in fact, lies 1.5 kilometres to the south-east. With a topographical prominence of 61 metres, Little Man qualifies comfortably as a Hewitt and Nuttall hill. 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.

Little Man's summit is home to a loose cairn and one of the best panoramas 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.

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