Library Route No 930427
Patterdale, Striding Edge, Helvellyn,
Dollywagon Pike, Grisedale circuit - 16km
English Lake District . . .

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Library Route No 930427
Patterdale, Striding Edge, Helvellyn,
Dollywagon Pike, Grisedale circuit - 16km
English Lake District . . .

Map: OS Explorer OL5 The English Lakes North Eastern area at 1:25000

General Directions (see markers on the route map)

1.) There is a large car park in Patterdale off the A592 at map ref. NY395159, but many people park on the roadside near the end of the mettled road in Grisedale. From the Patterdale car park turn right onto the A 592 and follow it for 600m to the minor road on the left up Grisedale following Grisedale Beck. Follow this road for 1km to the end of the mettled road. Here turn right to follow the path across Grisedale Beck and up the hillside to join a public footpath climbing diagonally up the hillside for a little over 2km to 'The Hole-in-the-Wall' at map ref. NY359154.

2.) At the Hole-in-the-Wall you are on the ridge looking over Red Tarn with Catsye Cam to the north of the tarn. The Hole-in-the-Wall is a fenced gap in the dry stone wall with a stile over the fence. Cross the stile and follow the path along the ridge over Bleaberry Crag for about 1km. The ridge becomes narrower as you approach the part called Striding Edge. There is a path to follow but it is exposed with a steep drop down to Red Tarn to the north and into Nethermost Cove to the south. Striding edge itself is about 500m long ending in a steep scramble down to a col below the summit of Helvellyn.

3.) The col is about 70m below Helvellyn and there is a steep rocky climb up to the summit ridge. At the ridge turn right to walk about 150m to the trig point. There are usually at least a couple of dozen people on the summit and there can be many more than this.

4.) When you leave the summit of Helvellyn, follow the path southwards along the ridge past Nethermost Pike for a little over 2km to Dollywaggon Pike at map ref. NY 346130.

5.) From Dollywaggon Pike there is a long steep descent down a zig-zag path to the edge of Grisedale Tarn. Here the path bends round to the left to head down Grisedale and after about 1.4km it passed a climbing hut called Ruthwaite Lodge at map ref. NY355135.

6.) From the Ruthwaite Lodge climbing hut the path drops down to cross Grisedale Beck on a footbridge at map ref. NY359138. From the footbridge continue down the valley on the path on the southeastern side of Grisedale Beck. After about 2.5km from the footbridge the path, now a track, joins the mettled road in Grisedale. From here retrace the outward route back to the car park and the end of the walk.