Ruthwaite Cove, Grisedale, Coast to Coast

Ruthwaite Cove is a depression between High Crag and the Coast to Coast path as it descends from Grisedale Tarn. Nethermost Pike tops the arête behind High Crag, forming a right angle with Striding Edge, two of the routes up Helvellyn. From the cove issues the Ruthwaite Beck which flows down to and alongside the Coast to Coast path to join the Grisedale Beck gracefully flowing from Grisedale Tarn to Ullswater.

There is a path up to Ruthwaite Cove from the Ruthwaite Lodge, the climbing hut sitting beside the Coast to Coast path. It is owned by Sheffield University Mountaineering Club who purchased a lease of it in the early 1950's and restored it from the dilapidated state it was in. They now use it as a base for walking and climbing in the area.

Although Ruthwaite Cove can be easily accessed from Ruthwaite Lodge, it would be dangerous to proceed further in view of the steep cliff wall formed by High Crag, Nethermost Crag and The Tongue. Access to the ridge top is generally from Dollywagon Pike via the path starting at Grasmere Tarn, or from Striding Edge via the path from Patterdale.
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Ruthwaite Beck with High Crag and Nethermost Pike behind

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Ruthwaite Lodge

Beyond Ruthwaite Lodge is the Ruthwaite Beck, snaking its way uphill to the Cove at the foot of High Crag and Nethermost Pike
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Spout Crag and The Tongue - top left

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