Saturday, 1 July 2000

Dollywaggon Pike

Dollywaggon Pike seen from Deepdale Hause
Height: 858m (2,815ft)
Prominence: 50m (164ft)
Region: Eastern Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
Helvellyn via Striding Edge, Nethermost Pike & Dollywaggon Pike - 11/06/2016 
The summit cairn overlooking Grisedale and St. Sunday Crag
What Wainwright said:

"Like most of the high fells south of Sticks Pass, Dollywaggon Pike exhibits a marked contrast in its western and eastern aspects. To the west, uninteresting grass slopes descend to Dunmail Raise. But the eastern side is a desolation of boulders and scree".

Dollywaggon Pike sits at the end of the main ridge running south from Helvellyn. In common with much of the Helvellyn range there is a marked contrast between the western and eastern slopes. The western flank is named Willie Wife Moor for reasons lost to antiquity. On the east, the first impression is all of rock.

To the north east of Dollywaggon Pike, below the summit of High Crag, is Ruthwaite Cove, a corrie surrounded on three sides by crag. Ruthwaite Cove is now the site of Ruthwaite Lodge, a climbing hut. o the east of Dollywaggon Pike is a second corrie, Cock Cove with Falcon Crag and the deeply gullied Tarn Crag. Between the two coves, Dollywaggon Pike sends out a fine rocky ridge, The Tongue.

The summit is a small grassy rise directly at the head of The Tongue. It carries a small cairn with a larger one a few yards to the west. The view is extensive with the eastern foreground particularly fine.

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