Here is the view just after leaving the A591 at Dunmail Raise, looking north-west towards Thirlmere.
Climbing up beside Raise Beck - which has very little water in it, due to the lack of any serious rain recently.
The looming presence of Dollywaggon Pike...
There is no actual path up, it's just a huge expanse of grass, which offers very little support in the way of foot-holds. The first time I went up (without a camera), it was icy, and I was very glad to have an ice-axe to get me to the top. But the good news is that this is the only serious ascent on the walk.
Views from Dollywaggon: the first three are of Grisedale Tarn in front of Fairfield; the fourth is from higher up looking beyond Fairfield as far as Windermere and Coniston Water in the far distance. These pictures, as you can see from the date stamp, were taken in mid-summer on a lovely day when we had a quite typical heat haze; the first time I walked the ridge was in February 2000, and the air was so clear we could easily see Morecambe Bay, way beyond Coniston. (And I didn't have a camera...).
The picture in the third row looks south-west towards the central fells. The last two pictures are looking north-east down Grisedale towards Ullswater and St Sunday Crag.
These pictures show the crags on the right of the ridge, after leaving Dollywaggon. Striding Edge forms the skyline in the second picture.
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