Tripadvisor reviewer slams Lake District mountain for being ‘too high’

A hiker has complained that a Lake District peak was "too high" before lamenting the lack of facilities on the mountain in a bizarre online rant.

One review of Skiddaw near Keswick, Cumbria, left on Tripadvisor said that it's an "exhausting experience" to get to the top, the only way to the peak is to walk, and even that it is underdeveloped.

The reviewer compared Skiddaw unfavourably to Snowdon in Wales, leaving a one-star review and lamenting the fact that the 931m mountain has no visitor centre.

She said: "Compared to Snowdon summit this is a weak and poorly developed visitor attraction. Snowdon has a funicular railway to carry people to the summit.

"At Snowdon summit, there is an excellent visitor centre with a full range of facilities – and the whole operation attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors per year."

"Ascending to the summit of Skiddaw is an exhausting experience on the basis that the only means to get up there is to walk. It is just too high and too steep for most people.

"How can the Lake District National Park people expect people to go up there? Be warned that … THERE ARE NO FACILITIES AT THE SUMMIT. If you actually make it to the summit and then need the toilet then that is just too bad!

"I visited the summit this last weekend and was very disappointed with the experience. There was sod all to see and do there. If people had to pay to go there then nobody, and I mean nobody, would bother with it.

"The National Park people should charge visitors £5 to go the summit and use the proceeds to develop it. Essentials include a proper visitor centre. Long to medium term, consideration should be given to building a funicular railway to Skiddaw summit."

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Another one-star review said: "OK, I guess it is the third highest peak in England. But there isn't a lot to do there. I was up there this weekend and the so called 'summit shelter' was full of snow.

"There was a gale force wind blowing and a fierce wind chill factor. Every surface was covered with a crust of ice.

"What the summit needs is a café, visitor centre and toilet block. If these were installed then it would offer a much more satisfactory experience for visitors.

"For sure this would attract many more visitors and would generate some profit for the local business community.

"That apart, it's quite hard work getting up there and this excludes anyone who is even slightly mobility impaired. Perhaps consideration should be given to installing a cable car system to carry people up?

"To be fair, the Skiddaw summit is not bad but it needs a lot more development to turn it into a serious visitor attraction."

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