21st July 2011

An evening on Dodd


Walk Overview
Time 16.30 to 18.30
Duration 2 hr
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
Dodd Wood - Allerdale Ramble - Long doors - Dodd - Long Doors - Allerdale Ramble - 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

I don't think I've ever seen a coach parked here and I can't see many wanting to come here at this time of day anyway. So, along with another guy who turned up at the same time as me, we took 'no notice of the notice'.

A couple of missed opportunities and lots of rain have kept me off the fells for the last week. So with the possibility of a dry evening, I headed out for a short walk up Dodd.

There are lots of woods to walk through at the beginning and again at the end of this walk. And although they may not give you much in the way of proper views, walking through here is still very enjoyable and certainly very peaceful.


Once out of the woods around the bottom of the fell, the views really open up and you realise you're getting the best of both worlds on this walk.

Looking back to see Bassenthwaite Lake.

With a few different options for routes, I chose the slightly higher track on the way up. I took this picture at the point where I joined the track which would take me up to Long Doors

Zooming in on Newlands Valley.

Just above Long Doors you get this view across to Derwent Water, its surrounding fells and lots of fells much further afield.

That's the top up there. The path gets a lot narrower than this. but still very easy to follow.

Almost at the top.

Bassenthwaite, the Solway Firth and the Scotish hills seen from the summit.

From the same spot, I'm not looking at the other end of the lake with Barf and the Lord's Seat fells.

And the summit itself.
The fell directly above the slate is Clough Head. Working from left to right, you then have Great Dodd, Watson's Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd, Sticks Pass, Raise, Whiteside, Helvellyn Lower Man and Helvellyn.

Heading back down.

Carl Side and Skiddaw Little Man.
The narrow path you can see on the right of the picture is the one between Long Doors and White Stones.

A close up of Cat Bells which almost looks level from here.


A north western fell collection.

Ah, this might be handy, , ,   , , , never mind, I'm sure I can wait til I get home.

Grisedale Pike (left) and Barf opposite, taken from one of the osprey view points.

"Mmmmm let me see now, , , , scales". "I mean feathers". "no it's definitely scales". "tell you what, I'll ask the audience"
"Don't be daft, there's no one else about"
"OK, I'll go 50/50"
"How can you do that when there's only three options"
"Can I phone a friend"
"If you can get a signal, you can phone anyone you like"
"Right, that's it, I'm not playing anymore, and if I'd known the questions were this hard I wouldn't have joined in at all"

Skill Beck. I took this picture just as it started to rain.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks