Have you got Seat Sandal and Glenridding Dodd annoyingly left on your Wainwright bagging list? Well I did, and this superb linear route includes them and the Helvellyn Range as a bonus. With Swirral Edge included also, there’s no better time than in full winter conditions, however, please note that Swirral Edge in winter is a serious scramble and suitable clothing, an ice axe and crampons, are essential. The walk from the top of Swirral Edge, over Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike, is a nice steady plod compared to the hard ascents up Birkhouse Moor and Seat Sandal.

If you choose to use the bus service, a bus stop is conveniently placed at the start of the ascent into Mossdale, and at the end outside the Travellers Rest on the A591; Keswick would be the perfect base if that method is chosen.


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