25th May 2012

Whiteside, Dodd and part of Lorton Vale


Walk Overview
Time 13.10 to 16.10
Duration 3 hr
Distance 4.9 mile
Ascent 2300 ft
Walking with On my own
Lanthwaite Green - Whin Ben - Whiteside - Dodd - path above Lorton Vale - Liza Beck - Lanthwaite Green
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Lanthwaite Green

A reasonable sized car park that tends to be quite popular, although having said that, this is somewhere I've never failed to get parked. Presumably the occupants of most of the cars would head straight across to the steep ridge up to Whiteside or the Gasgale Gill route up to Coledale Hause.

Parking Is free.


Route Map

I opted for a walk up Whiteside via Whin Ben this afternoon and chose to descend via Dodd (not the Skiddaw one). I can only recall visiting this Dodd on two other occasions and I think both of those were an ascent. So, today I put my mind at rest and made my way there directly from Whiteside.

Lanthwaite Green Farm seen from, , , Lanthwaite Green.

Just before I crossed the beck I took this picture looking across to Low Fell and Fellbarrow.

This is Liza Beck flowing out of Gasgale Gill.
It feels like ages since I walked up there in the middle of March.

A view through Lorton Vale.

Turning around and the view opens up to show Loweswater and the Loweswater Fells. Furthest away is Burnbank Fell, left of that is Carling Knott, left of that is Blake Fell, and, left of that is Gavel Fell or at least part of it.

A view into a small section of Gasgale Gill.

Looking ahead to Whiteside from Whin Ben. It's steeper than it looks.

This is a similar view to the left of that, left of that picture, only this time the view includes the double toped Mellbreak (on the left).

Rocks and crags along the Whiteside ridge.

A close up of Causey Pike.

Whiteside summit.
The mountain weather forecast had said there would be strong winds on the tops today, but all I had up here was a nice cooling breeze. I thought they must have got it wrong. Then, , , ,

, , , as I started to make my way down to Dodd the wind really hit me. It was quite hard to hold the camera steady when I took this picture. I guess I must have been in just the right place for the wind direction, or perhaps the wrong place, depending on your point of view.

In the dip between the main ridge and Dodd you come across this rocky outcrop. Not what you'd expect at all.
That's Ladyside Pike in the distance.

Whiteside seen from Dodd.

and now looking around to Ladyside Pike and Hopegill Head.

This cairn is found just across from the highest point and in this case the best view is definitely had from the lower of the two.

Time for a bit of care, attention and concentration.

That bit was steep but here I am unscathed at the bield and ready for the lovely walk across the side of Lorton Vale.

Lorton Vale.

Looking ahead you can see Red Pike and High Stile in the far distance.

This is the new (ish) bridge over Liza Beck. The old one was uprooted and dumped downstream in the November 2009 floods. This one seems to be made of sturdier stuff. Lets hope it's never put to the test.

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Lake District Walks