26th February 2006

Dunmail Raise to Wanthwaite along the full Helvellyn ridge.


Walk Overview
Time 09.05 to 15.35
Duration 6 hr 30 min
Distance 11.7 mile
Ascent 4301 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Dunmail Raise - Willie Wife Moor - Dollywagon Pike - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Clough Head - Old Coach Road - Wanthwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Whins Farm, Ennerdale

Over the years I've parked here a few times, but to be honest I wouldn't recommend it. The local farmer has a dislike of walkers and it doesn't stop at shouting or arm waving. The best option would be to park at the normal car pars at Bowness Knott.


Route Map

Just after the start of the walk, looking down to the top of Dunmail Raise. The fell on the left of the picture is Helm Crag, (lion and lamb)

Thirlmere seen from the steep lower slopes of Willie Wife Moor.

Fairfield and Great Rigg from the point where we joined the path below Dollywagon Pike. This is the post which is actually marked on the OS map.

Looking down to Grisedale and Ullswater from Dollywagon Pike summit.

Leaving Dollywagon Pike and heading towards High Crag.

Extreme winter conditions along the edge of the ridge.

Looking down to Striding Edge.

Looking back along the ridge towards Nethermost Pike and Dollywagon Pike from Helvellyn.

Helvellyn summit with some fantastic overhanging snow.

The lower slopes of Helvellyn Lower Man, White Side and Raise. The snow topped fell in the far distance is Blencathra.

Looking across to Helvellyn Lower Man.

Helvellyn from just below Helvellyn Lower Man. Note the climbers just below the edge of the ridge.

Helvellyn (left) and Helvellyn Lower Man (middle) from the path up White Side.

Looking ahead to Raise from the shelter on White Side.

Ullswater from Raise.

And looking a little further round to the High Street ridge from the same place.

Stybarrow Dodd seen over Sticks Pass summit.

Great Dodd from Watson's Dodd summit.

The shelter just below Great Dodd.

Below the snow line and heading towards Calfhow Pike (the little rocky section on the left). From there we turned right and walked up to Clough Head on the right.

Thick cloud at Clough Head summit. This was the third band of cloud and snow that had passed over us since we were on Stybarrow Dodd. Each time proving just how quickly conditions can change, within a couple of minutes of walking in sunshine visibility had been reduced to this.

Threlkeld on the right and the pointed summit of Lonscale Fell, seen from The Old Coach Road. The Lord's Seat fells are in the far distance on the left of the picture.

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Lake District Walks