2nd January 2011

Dodd and Bassenthwaite Lake


Walk Overview
Time 09.55 to 12.30
Duration 2 hr 35 min
Distance 6.6 mile
Ascent 1700 ft
Walking with On my 0wn
Dodd Wood - Long Doors - Dodd - Dodd Wood - Mirehouse - Bassenthwaite Lake - St Bega church - Old Plantation - 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

It was another dull day today, but now that I was feeling a bit better I wanted to try a bit more walking up hill. As seen as though I hadn't been to the summit of Dodd for over twelve months I thought this would be a good choice.

Dodd Wood is on a par with most woodland as far as confusing paths go. Because of the conical shape of Dodd however, navigation is still easy around here. It may be an easy thing to say when you know the place, but as long as you're walking up hill sooner or later you'll emerge from the woods and eventually you will reach the top.

Lots of fells in this picture. Cat Bells, Maiden Moor, Barrow, Causey Pike, Scar Crags, Sail, Outerside, Grisedale Pike and one or two others you can manage to pick out.

Bassenthwaite Lake.


A close up of Grisdale Pike, Sail and Crag Hill.

Derwent Water and on the skyline; Ullscarf, High Raise and Pike O'Stickle (the pointed one on the right).

And a not so close up picture looking in the same direction as the previous photo.

Dodd summit.

Bassenthwaite Lake; also taken from the summit.

Mmmm spooky!

Walking through the grounds at Mirehouse. Follow the pink dots and you can't go wrong!


There aren't many walks that take you to the edge of Bassenthwaite Lake, but this one does allow you walk to the shoreline near St Bega's Church.

St Bega's church.

Me and my big feet, , , there I was, camera in hand and trying my best to sneak up on a large flock of geese when 'snap'; a broken twig gave the game away. I know the picture is totally blurred but I've still used it because I reckon it looks like a painting.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks