27th March 2004

Dodd Wood, Dodd and a section of Bassenthwaite Lake.


Walk Overview
Time 07:30 to 14:00
Duration 6 hr 30 min
Distance 8.8 mile
Ascent 2070 ft
Walking with Jennifer, Jamie Lockie and Abbey
Dodd Wood - Dodd - Scarness Road - Bassenthwaite Lake - Scarness Bay - St Bega's church - Mirehouse - Dodd Wood
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car Park, Dodd Wood, Bassenthwaite

With the country house at Mirehouse and Dodd Wood itself sharing the same car park, it's pot luck whether you'll get a space here during the summer months. The good news is that a little further along the A591 (driving away from Keswick) there a couple of places where you can generally manage to get parked. Of course you're then left with the need to follow the footpath back to the main car park, but needs must I suppose.

There is a charge at the main car park, but the alternatives along the road are free. There's also a good tea room at Dodd Wood.


Route Map

Signs at the start of the walk. Follow the green trail for Dodd Summit.

Looking back down the forest trail. On the way back down turn right here.

The path leading to Dodd Summit

Dodd Summit in heavy cloud

Derwent water and Keswick just as we came out of the cloud

Derwent Water, Keswick and Portinscale

Again a little further to the right

The end of Bassenthwaite Lake

Looking back towards Derwent Water and Newland Valley

Bassenthwaite with Sale How on the left

Bassenthwaite from near Scarness holiday Park


Bassenthwaite from near Scarness Bay

And again

Bassenthwaite Lake looking towards Lord's Seat

Towards Causey Pike from near Mirehouse


St Bega's Church next to Bassenthwaite Lake

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Lake District Walks