6th December 2006

Dodd Wood, Dodd and St Bega's Church


Walk Overview
Time 09.10 to 12.20
Duration 3 hr 10 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 1952 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Longside Wood - Dodd - Dodd Wood - A591 - Mirehouse - St Bega Church - A591
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

For the first section of todays walk we followed the footpath which runs above the A591 from the car park, almost as far as the Old Sawmill Tearooms. Just after the start of the walk we crossed this little footbridge over Sandbeds Gill.

Storm damage, presumably from the high winds we had the previous Sunday.

Piles of wood from the tree felling that was taking place in Dodd Wood.

A little sunshine in Newlands Valley and on the side of Barrow.

Most of paths around the Dodd area are through dense woodland where the views are obscured, once you get above the tree line however, the views towards the Eastern, Central and the North Western fells are fantastic.

Dodd Summit. The fell above the fields is Latrigg and the fells in the background are Clough Head, The Dodds and the Helvellyn fells.

Looking down on the flooded fields at the Keswick end of Bassenthwaite Lake.

The view to Keswick, Derwent Water, Portinscale and some dark looking fells around the Borrowdale area.

And again from a little further along the route, with some dramatic skies above Derwent Water.

Another picture of the floods at the end of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Skill Beck looking much fuller than normal.

Rather than walk back to the car along the same path we used at the start of the walk, we took a de-tour across to St Bega Church.

The bottom of the Ullock Pike ridge seen from the path through St Bega's churchyard.

And a picture of the church itself.

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Lake District Walks