Dol­ly­wagon Pike

It‘s our walk of the month!

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Wedged be­tween Fair­field and Helvel­lyn, two of the Lake Dis­trict’s rich­est hon­ey­pots, is Dol­ly­wagon Pike. It’s also stuck right be­tween two of the most fa­mous horse­shoe walks in the Lake Dis­trict, and takes a part in nei­ther. You could see this as ei­ther tragedy or its sav­ing grace.

This is the south­ern­most peak of the Helvel­lyn mas­sif and to its west, as on much of the range, are steady, grassy slopes from bot­tom to top. To the east is a load of amaz­ing­ness; un­tidy ridges and scaly out­crops amid a jumble of crags and coves. If this trove of ex­hil­a­rat­ing routes were road­side, it would be right near the top of any hill­walk­ers ‘to climb’ list. How­ever, it’s hid­den in the depths of Grisedale. Which means you’ll have much of that bril­liant jumble all to your­self.

When you step onto its sum­mit, you’re also start­ing a sky­line walk, with panora­mas on ei­ther side and two of the coun­try’s best hills be­hind and be­fore you. What you do from there is up to you; make a horse­shoe from one of its neigh­bour­ing crags, head north and link it with a de­scent of Strid­ing Edge, or Swirral. You have a whole mas­sif to play with. But it’s worth ex­plor­ing here, where you have one of the Lake Dis­trict’s most pop­u­lar places to walk, all to your­self.

STEWART SMITH / ALAMY

Dol­ly­wagon Pike's fan­tas­tic mess of coves and but­tresses as seen from Birk­house Moor. Fair­field edges in from the left.

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