From the car park the route sets off eastwards alongside a fence, soon swinging north to a gate where it forks. The right fork leads to Skiddaw House Youth Hostel and Dash Falls. The left fork, which starts off beside a fence, will take you to the top of Skiddaw. Instructions are really superfluous but this excellent route should not be despised. Like the 'tourist route' up Mont Blanc it follows a natural easy line up the mountain and it has been in use for centuries. You will be following in the footsteps of many notable Lake District visitors, the most famous probably being William Wordsworth.
If you are planning an alternative descent then Little Man should be visited on the way up, a simple diversion from the path. It is even better to come down over this subsidiary top as you will then have in front of you perhaps the finest of all panoramas of the Lakeland fells. If you are walking down to Keswick it is worthwhile making the diversion over Latrigg as well for a more intimate aspect of the same wonderful view.