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Return to Nethermost Pike

3rd July 2022

Route. Dunmail Raise - Raise Beck - Grisedale Tarn - Ruthwaite Lodge - Ruthwaite Cove - Nethermost Pike east ridge - Helvellyn - Birk Side - The comb - Dunmail Raise. ( About 8.5  miles 3650ft ascent )

David and I had unfinished business with the east ridge of Nethermost Pike so with the weather looking not too bad we parked up at Dunmail Raise and headed up the path by Raise Beck. This is coming from the opposite direction than last time, mainly just for the variation but also with an idea that parking might be more of a problem in Patterdale.


The weather was a bit duller than we'd hoped and there were spots of rain on the breeze but it was a warm breeze and we were soon gaining height climbing up by the waterfalls and pools in the scenic Raise Beck.

Looking back we could see that we were in for more than a few spots of rain.


And we passed above Grisedale Tarn in a light shower.

The shower soon passed and the cloud was breaking over Deepdale Hause as we headed for the path down Grisedale.


A look back to Cofa Pike from Ruthwaite Lodge.


We turned left at the lodge and followed sheep trods and fragments of faint paths up into Nethermost Cove.All the height we had just lost has to be regained with some more added on top.


Place fell appears across the bottom of Grisedale.


It's quite a steady pull up the hillside but there is lots of interest in the climb, here is one of the several cascades passed on the way.

Originally we were going to visit Hard Tarn but decided that we would take a more direct route so headed over to the right here heading for where the steeper section of the east Ridge meets the main ridgeline.


Looking back to a sunny Deepdale Hause and the lower slopes of Cofa Pike..

On to the start of the steep section and we have a clear view of the lower part of the ridge, lower Grisedale and fells to the east of Patterdale. Our path up from last year followed the beck seen in the centre of the photo then we turned left to climb onto the ridge itself.

Into the cloud now so we only had a misty view of Hard Tarn.

David is just starting the only really narrow and exposed section on the east ridge.

And here he is climbing out on to the grassy rise to the summit.

In clear weather there is a great view back of the ridge from here. This is from 2007 when I first climbed this way

After safely reaching Nethermost Pike we headed up to Helvellyn and as we climbed better weather moved in and we started to get some views.

Catstyecam and Red Tarn from Helvellyn.

Swirral Edge...

...and Striding Edge...

... and our way up today, the east ridge of Nethermost Pike.

Good views over to Whythburn and the fells of the central ridge but the higher western fells are still in cloud.

Our way home was by the Birk Side Path down into the comb

Thirlmere seen from just before the steep descent into the Comb itself.

Looking back from The Comb.

It's become a lovely warm afternoon as we make our way along the forest track looking across to Steel fell and the Whythburn fells.

Birkside Gill.

Passing below our route of ascent seen across a sea of bracken.

David had tracked our route on All Trails click HERE to have a look

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