19th May 2007

Painful hailstones on Skiddaw


Walk Overview
Time 10.05 to 13.20
Duration 3 hr 15 min
Distance 6.5 mile
Ascent 3150 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
The Old Sawmill Tearooms - Dodd Wood - Dodd - White Side - Carl Side - Skiddaw - Broad End - Cockup - Melbecks - Peter House Farm
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

Today's outing was a two car walk with one car being left ready for us at the end of the walk along the Orthwaite road at Peter House farm, and the other car at The Old Sawmill Tearoom in Dodd Wood.

Derwent Water, Keswick and the first band of showers seen from the route up Dodd.

And looking back towards Bassenthwaite Lake.

From just below Dodd summit you get this view back down to the track we'd been following and from here you can also see the narrow path leading up to White Stones.

Dodd summit with a dark looking Skiddaw Little Man behind.

We were actually getting a little sunshine as we started to walk up the path to White Stones, but it didn't last very long at all and it was rather obvious that the rain we could see falling on Keswick and Derwent Water was heading in our direction.

Dodd with Bassenthwaite Lake to its right.

The aptly named White Stones.

Bucketing down.

The weather was changing almost by the minute. According to the times on the camera this photo was taken only three minutes after the previous one.

By the time we reached Carl Side the rain had well and truly set in and lasted until we were heading down to Broad End, on the other side of Skiddaw.

I think I said it was raining !! Well, that would be a bit of an understatement while we were walking along the summit ridge. The rain had turned to hail (painful) the cloud was down and the wind was howling to the extent of it being difficult to walk in a straight line. We stopped just long enough to take a quick picture before quickly moving on to loose some height.

No one can accuse me of being a fine weather walker today.

Much lower down, out of the cloud, but still fighting against the wind.

Looking across to the back of Skiddaw fells and thankful that we were just about back to normality.

Bakestall seen from Cockup.

From Cockup we did a short off path route down to the intake wall where we picked up the path running from this gate as far as the Orthwaite road.

A much brighter day now as we head back to the car.

And looking back up the route.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks