I am staying at a campsite on the north side of Ullswater in July and am thinking about riding Helvellyn from there. I've got the Vertebrate Publishing guide book to the Lake District which suggests 1 way up (Matterdale Common) and 3 ways down (Sticks Pass, Glenridding Beck and Dollywagon Pike/Grisedale Beck). The guide book suggests that Sticks Pass and Dollywagon Pike are harder than the Glenridding path with the Dollywagon Pike being only for very good riders. I've read or heard somewhere that Dollywagon Pike has now got huge steps on it.
I have a few questions:
1. Is the Matterdale Common the best way up?
2. Is it all rideable up?
3. How tough are the steep/rocky bits on Sticks Pass?
4. Is Dollywagon Pike not really rideable now it’s had the steps put in?
Any advice gratefully received.