The Tongue, Dol­ly­wagon Pike

In­ter­est­ing nav­i­ga­tion and a dose of ex­po­sure makes The Tongue an ideal step up for walk­ers want­ing to get onto the scram­bling lad­der.

Trail (UK) - - Lake District - Jeremy Ashcroft moun­taineer­ing edi­tor

The east-fac­ing cor­ries of the Helvel­lyn Range are renowned for their snow-hold­ing qual­i­ties and, as a re­sult, the crags and gul­lies of their head­walls see a lot of climbers in win­ter. In sum­mer the re­v­erse is the case; they are highly veg­e­tated, dank and not at­trac­tive for climb­ing. As a con­se­quence, in sum­mer the only routes that see traf­fic are the crests of Strid­ing Edge and Swirral Edge. It is un­der­stand­able that peo­ple head for the fa­mous ridges, but the cor­ries to the south along the es­carp­ment are also di­vided by fine ridges, and al­though not as rocky, they still of­fer high-qual­ity routes. The Tongue di­vides Ruth­waite Cove from Cock Cove and, while it's sur­rounded by tow­er­ing black cliffs on both sides, its crest of­fers a pleas­antly ac­com­mo­dat­ing ap­proach that is more akin to a lofty path than an out-and-out scram­ble.

Dol­ly­wagon Pike 2 3 Skirt around the side of Spout Crag and as­cend the steep open slope be­hind it to gain the crest of The Tongue. The broad crest is fol­lowed to a lev­el­ling at a shoul­der. Above the shoul­der, The Tongue nar­rows down with drops on both side. Al­though the crest is fairly ex­posed there is no real scram­bling in­volved, it is sim­ply an airy path. Fal­con Crag Tarn Crag TheTongue Cock Cove 1 The Tongue is ap­proached by a steep, and slightly vague path that zigzags into the mouth be­side Ruth­waite Cove next to the beck. GRISEDALE Ruth­waite Cove 4 As the top is ap­proached, the crest eases and merges into the domed sum­mit of Dol­ly­wagon Pike. From the top you can ei­ther fol­low the main ridge path north for Nether­most Pike and Helvel­lyn, or fol­low it south-east to re-gain Grisedale. bri­dle­way Spout Crag Ruth­waite Lodge

Look­ing down The Tongue off Dol­ly­wagon Pike.

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