13th September 2014

Raise to Dollywaggon Pike from Glenridding


Walk Overview
Time 9:30am to 4:20pm
Duration 6 hr 50 min
Distance 11.8 mile
Ascent 3800 ft
Walking with Neil Haslewood
Glenridding - Greenside Road - bottom of Sticks Pass - The Chimney - Chimney - Raise - White Side - Helvellyn Lower Man - Helvellyn - Swallow Scarth - Nethermost Pike - High Pike - Dollywaggon Pike - Grisedale Tarn - Ruthwaite Lodge - Grisedale - Grisedale Bridge - Glenridding
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Glenridding

Found in the centre of Glenridding, this car park fills up very quickly indeed. Not just because of the amount of walkers heading onto the Helvellyn fells, but with people just wanting to have a walk around the village. Arriving after mid morning during the summer months would be a bit of a hit and miss situation as far as getting a space goes.

To state the obvious; there is a charge for parking here.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Place Fell taken from Greenside Road.

Heading along Greenside Road towards the mines. Once we get that far we'll begin the rout up the bottom section of Sticks Pass. That guy probably wonders why I'm taking his picture.


There are lots of reminders around here of the areas mining past. IMHO however, the biggest reminder isn't really the most obvious. If you look carefully, the grassy section and the scree on the fellside over there don't look like they belong there. It seems like the 'original / natural" fellside slopes down behind the grass & scree. I could be completely wrong but that's what it looks like.

Blimey, it wasn't half hot and humid walking up here this morning. Not a breath of wind and much harder work than it should have been. A cool breeze, a cool breeze, my kingdom for a cool breeze !

Sticks Pass it left behind and we take the very easy to follow route up The Chimney to the Chimney. Even in the poorest of conditions this section would be an easy route to stick to, , , , , once you get to the Chimney ruin however, it would become a different story altogether.

Looking down to the somewhat artistically spread out spoil heaps from the quarries over on the opposite fellside.
Up on the right hand side of the picture is Sheffield Pike.

Approaching the Chimney after following the route called The Chimney. Confusing isn't it.

At the Chimney and looking up to Raise.

There's usually a lovely view across to Place Fell and the Loadpot Hill ridge beyond. The hazy conditions have played havoc with the views almost all week and although today was slightly better, it was still a heck of a long way from clear; as you can see.

Raise ski-tow.

I wonder how many stones I'd need to place on the big concrete block to bring the whole lot crashing down.

With the hazy conditions, the most prominent feature on the landscape is the path on Stybarrow Dodd.

Raise summit.

I look ahead to White Side and Helvellyn Lower Man. Anything at a greater distance than White Side was greyed out because of the haze.

Turning around for a view across to Raise. It looks deserted up here today, but that would change once we reached Helvellyn.

White Side summit.

Browncove Crags seen in front of Thirlmere and the central fells.

Helvellyn Lower Man summit.

Capturing the moment.

A Helvellyn view of Catstye Cam and the lower section of Swirral Edge.

There must be a window of several hours everyday when each of the fell tops has the most visitors and I think we arrived right in the middle of it. As busy as it was up here, after walking away from the top for no more than ten minutes, the crowds were gone and it was more like a quite winters day on the fells.

If I'd been up here on that day I could have taken a picture that would have been worth talking about.

Striding Edge(ers).

Stomachs were growling on Nethermost Pike so it was time to fill them up again.

You can count them if you want but only 15 minutes walk from Helvellyn and, , , ,

, , , , we found Nethermost Pike's flat-ish, rock strewn summit was deserted.
While you're actually standing up here, "Pike" hardly seems the right word to use. Nethermost Plateau seems a much more appropriate name.

A view down to Grisedale and Hard Tarn. The dark looking fell on the right is St Sunday Crag.

And here's a close up of Hard Tarn along with three visitors to the tarn. No, I'm not mistaking the bags for a person there are three of them.

A close up of Grisedale.

Looking back along the ridge to High Crag, Nethermost Pike, Helvellyn and Catstye Cam.

St Sunday Crag seen from one of the best vantage points for a view of the fell.

Grisedale Tarn taken from the Dollywaggon zigzags.

Today I'm looking across to Fairfield from the zigzags. Three weeks ago I was looking across to the zigzags from Fairfield.

We pass very close to Grisedale Tarn before reaching the head of Grisedale.

Here you have a view through Grisedale, which always feels like a long walk if you go all the way from one end to t'other.

Ruthet Lodge.

Grisedale Beck needs to be crossed and as cooling as the water looked, we opted to use the bridge.


I look back through Grisedale for a view of the skyline we'd walked along earlier.

Civilisation is reached and for Neil, his main concern was whether or not he had a parking ticket. "I didn't realise you had to pay. I just parked, got ready and then we set off walking". Okay, this is twice this year I've walked with someone who hasn't paid to park on a Saturday yet they didn't get a ticket. Brilliant, they got away with it and that's great. However, what I REALLY want to know is does anyone ever bother checking the cars because of they don't. I'll start using the car parks without paying instead of using the sneaky parking spots I know, some of which aren't really in the most convenient places.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks