Looking for input from Lakes veterans please.
I'm doing the figure of 8 route up & down Helvellyn in three weeks for the 1st time. I've heard Sticks Pass descent to Glenridding has been sanatised. Is the Sticks Pass descent worth it or would we be better served by slogging back up to Helvellyn and descending Dollywagon Pike - Grisedale Tarn?
Our proposed route:
Start Glenridding - Grisedale (parallel to Grisedale Beck) push/carry up to Dollywagon Pike - Helvellyn.
Helvellyn - Great Dodd - Bruts Moss - Groove Beck to pick up Old Coach Road, West to Thirlmere.
On tarmac after Old Coach Road to Legburthwaite - Stanah - push/carry to top of Sticks Pass.
Sticks Pass descent to Glenridding.
Weather permitting we're allowing 8 hours. Many thanks for any input.