Walk : Dollywaggon Pike (2,810 ft), Nethermost Pike (2,920 ft), Helvellyn (3,118 ft) from Dunmail Raise

Date : 18th June 2019

Weather : Cloud with Sunny intervals @ 20C light to strong breeze on tops

 

Distance : 9 miles round trip

Time Taken : 1 hour 40 mins to first summit (Dollywaggon Pike)

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

 

Overview

 

A week long stay in Ambleside, the first of the year for us and a revisit for us to an excellent track up along side Raise Beck which we used previously

to climb Seat Sandal. This time we ventured left at Grizedale Tarn to take the very excellent stone pitched path up to Dollywaggon Pike. Major routes

like this generally tend to have had a lot of work done to them by the Fix the Fells Team so as to contain erosion, and I can heartily recommend this track

as being first class and providing some excellent views along the way. From Dollywaggon, we would then go on and visit Nethermost Pike and then

finally climbing over 3,00 feet to Helvellyn

 

 

From Ambleside take the A591 road to Keswick and right at the top of Dunmail Raise where the carriageway splits a lay by on the left opposite Raise Beck

Is the starting point for this walk

 

 

Over the south bound carriageway a stile over the fence gives access to the open fell side

 

 

The start of the track that runs parallel with Raise Beck

 

 

The track climbs fairly steeply along side the Beck to the Col at Grizedale Tarn, here passing the steep waterfall

 

 

Eventually Grizedale Tarn is reached and the views start to open out

 

 

Looking left from the Tarn and there are two possible routes up to Dollywaggon Pike from here. The first climbs very steeply and follows the line of the wall.

The second and much more preferable branches off right and zig-zags its way upto the shoulder seen here right

 

 

Sue and Ste at the start of the zig-zag path route

 

 

Half way up the path looking south over Grizedale Tarn

 

 

This route was the popular choice of many today

 

 

The path eventually levels off over 2,500 feet and passes an old iron post which is mentioned in various walking guides as a land mark, however it seems

to have seen better times

 

 

Are you volunteering to stay there and hold it up Sue ?

 

 

So I did my bit as best I could, could have done with a hammer drill and four raw bolts !

 

 

Looking out West over towards Great Gable from the path

 

 

Not long after passing the iron post just keep a look out on the right for the summit of Dollywaggon Pike, the route to it is pathless

 

 

Ste on the summit of Dollywaggon Pike, looking out north towards Ullswater

 

Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit of Dollywaggon Pike https://youtu.be/qkbKHVYUtg8

 

 

Looking west along the track to our second summit of the day Nethermost Pike

 

 

The path ventures quite close to the edge of Ruthwaite Cove providing some startling views

 

 

The precipitous crags of Ruthwaite Cove from the path

 

 

A series of cairns line the path but make note that the summit cairn of Nethermost Pike lies a short distance to the right of these

 

 

The summit cairn on Nethermost Pike

 

Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit of Nethermost Pike https://youtu.be/up4q3RCDTWk

 

 

Looking further down the track to Helvellyn and Striding Edge in the foreground as ever full of human ants

 

 

Following the path to Helvellyn summit

 

 

Zooming in west on Great Gable

 

 

Approaching the ever popular wind shelter on Helvellyn summit

 

 

Looking over Red Tarn from Helvellyn summit

 

 

Team shot from the summit cairn

 

Click here for a 360 degree view from the summit of Helvellyn https://youtu.be/C9BEG1SEzIg

 

 

Slightly further on from the summit cairn lies the Trig Point Survey Column. The sharp peak of Catstye Cam in the background

 

 

Lad and Dad on the summit

 

 

Striding Edge from above en route to a quick visit to Gough`s Plaque

 

 

The story goes that Charles Gough was visiting the Lake District in 1805 and was walking over Helvellyn to Grasmere with his dog Foxie. He met his demise

crossing Striding Edge and was never seen alive again. Three months later, a passing shepherd heard a barking dog near Red Tarn and on investigation found

Foxie beside the body of his master a true act of faithfulness. This inspired several artists and poets to interpret the scene including William Wordsworth who

Wrote the poem Fidelty https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Poems_(Wordsworth,_1815)/Volume_2/Fidelity

 

 

 

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