Helvellyn, Nethermost and Dollywaggon Pikes

Name of walk Helvellyn, Nethermost and Dollywaggon Pikes
Date of walk 2020-09-21

On Monday I decided to visit Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike and Grisedale Tarn, returning via Raise Beck. I left early to be on the summit before the hoardes of tourists arrived. A walk of 9.14 miles. I set off walking from Wythburn at 7.20am. The forecast was excellent. Too often I have been on the top of Helvellyn in cloud! I was hoping for better today.

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View back from the path above the tree line.

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View down Thirlmere towards Skiddaw from higher up the path.

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A big cloud bank over Steel Fell and Ullscarf.

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I can now see the summit shelter. Mist is rising up the valley.

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Striding Edge view.

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I head up towards the summit, through the mist.

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I photograph an elusive Brockenspectre. My shadow falls on the mist and the sun creates a rainbow halo effect around it. A rare occurence, this is only my third in all my walks.

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Once on the summit I walk to the edge for a view over to Swirral Edge and down to Red Tarn. It had taken me one hour and fifty minutes. This photo was taken at 9.10am.

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Ullswater at the top.

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Just me and my shadow on the summit plateau next to the summit cairn.

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Swirral Edge leading to Catstycam.

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The orange light of dawn still here.

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Panorama of the summit plateau from the OS point. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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A guy and his dog, which was called Finn, appeared on the summit and presented an excellent photo opportunity with the thermal inversion behind them. He was from Turkey, but currently living in Carlisle.

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A wider angle to get the sun in.

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I take a selfie. It was windy, and rather cold. So I put my coat on, and as I moved onto Nethermost Pike, my gloves too!

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I walk to the far end of the plateau. There are sheep at the Swirral Edge exit, so I don't get too near in case they scare and take a tumble. So this is my only view down Swirral to Catstycam.

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The route to Whiteside and Raise, with Skiddaw in a crown of mist, behind.

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Looking across Brown Cove to Raise and Hart Side.

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I head back towards the shelter.

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One more view down to Red Tarn.

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The mist comes and goes, as do more walkers.

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I take a panorama from the summit cairn. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. The mist is still rising up over Fairfield and St. Sunday Crag.

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I do love a thermal cloud inversion!

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I move round towards the Striding Edge exit. The man and his dog are finding a good spot to have breakfast.

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I take a panorama. Left click to enlarge,click again to return. The man and his dog on the far left.

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I skirt the edges and head for Nethermost Pike. St Sunday Crag and Fairfield in the cloud, which is alive and bubbling.

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I skirt the edges of Nethermost Pike, I'm now on the summit looking towards Dollywaggon Pike.

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Now looking past the summit cairn back to Helvellyn, Catstycam and Striding Edge.

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Nethermost Cove and Grisedale.

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Ruthwaite Cove. Ruthwaite Climbing Hut can be seen on the left.

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I continue to skirt the edges towards High Crag and Dollywaggon PIke.

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Panorama. Left click to enlarge,click again to return.

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All the central fells are in mist too.

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Hard Tarn can now be seen in Ruthwaite Cove. I have walked up to it from Grisedale.

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I head back to the path and head for Dollywaggon Pike. I take the track on the left, as the one on the right avoids the summit.

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View back at my route from High Crag and Nethermost Pike.

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Another view of the cloud over the central fells. The cloud is channeling up Raise Beck.

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A wide view west from Dollywaggon Pike summit cairn.

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The view east down Grisedale. Place Fell centre.

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My shadow and the panorama view. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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A closer view back at Nethermost Pike, Catstycam and Striding Edge.

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The gate post mentioned in the OS map.

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I take the zig zag path down to Grisedale Tarn.

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I decide to walk the long way around. Looking to Seat from the outflow to Grisedale.

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View back to Dollywaggon Pike on the left and St. Sunday Crag on the right.

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Panorama. Left click to enlarge, click again to return. Fairfield on the right.

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View from my lunch spot. It is now warm enough to take my coat off.

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I head down the path beside Raise Beck.

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Raise Beck cascades.

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I head down to Dunmail Raise.

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View back to Raise Beck from the path back to Wythburn.

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The way ahead.

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I'm sure that there used to be a bridge here! There isn't so I clamber down into the beck and back out again.

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Then continue on the footpath back to Wythburn.

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Birkside Gill.

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The permissive path.

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The road down the west side of Thirlmere with Ullscarf behind.

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Almost back to the descent path down to Wythburn.

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Wythburn Church, which was open.

Another excellent walk! It took me six hours and forty minutes.

Jo.

 

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