Long Side is a fell in the English Lake District situated six
kilometres north west of Keswick in the northern sector of the national
park and is part of the Skiddaw group of fells.
Long Side which
reaches a height of 734 m (2,408 ft) is located on Skiddaw’s north
western ridge, the middle section of which is known as Longside Edge.
Strictly speaking the actual summit of the fell is nameless with the
name Long Side applying to the south western slope below the summit and
is so marked on maps.
The fell is often climbed by walkers on
their way to the summit of Skiddaw, the route up the north west ridge
which passes over Long Side is regarded as being the finest and quietest
ascent of that 3,000-foot (910 m) mountain by guide book writers.
Long Side falls away steeply on its south western flank towards
Bassenthwaite Lake, these slopes are clothed in the coniferous woodlands
of Longside Wood below the 400 metre contour.
To the north west,
the fell descends in steep broken crags to the quiet and unfrequented
valley of Southerndale.
To the north west, the fell connects to
the adjacent fell of Ullock Pike by a path that runs for 600 metres
along the rim of Longside Edge.
To the south east the edge
continues from Long Side to link to the higher fell of Carl Side 800
Ascents of Long Side are often done by walkers en
route to Skiddaw. This route starts at the Ravenstone Hotel on the A591
(grid reference NY235296) and climbs Ullock Pike first by its northern
ridge before continuing along Longside Edge to the summit of Long Side.
The route to Skiddaw keeps on the ridge to Carl Side before
ascending a steep loose path through the scree to the summit of Skiddaw.
A direct ascent of Long Side is possible from the Old Sawmill car
park (grid reference NY235281) on the A591 using the Forestry Commission
way marked trail to find a way through Longside Wood to the open fell
and then ascending the steep fell side to the summit.
is marked by a pile of stones and there is a fine view of Bassenthwaite
To the east, Skiddaw is seen as a massive bulk blocking out
much of the view in that direction.