10th January 2015

A short walk up Dodd


Walk Overview
Time 8:55 to 10:55am
Duration 2 hr
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with Paul Sharkey
Dodd Wood - Skill Beck - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


The date was chosen for a walk, the route was sort of agreed and then the weather decided to send some storm force winds our way. When they start talking about 60 to 70 mph gusts, that's the time to review and possibly change your plans. So, the high level route was scrapped and we headed out for a short walk up Dodd instead. Most of this route is quite sheltered yet it was still very windy along those sections. Once we got into the open on the top section of the fell we new we'd done the sensible thing by coming here today.

Just behind the tearoom Skill Beck flows through the gap in an old dam. I assume this was to hold water that was then used in the sawmill. Hence the name of the tea room "The Old Sawmill Tea Room". As Sherlock Holmes used to say, it's "elementary my dear Watson".

As we approach Long Doors, the view open up above the trees to show part of Bassenthwaite Lake.

Definitely a seat with a view but today was not the best day to 'sit awhile and rest your feet'.

It's rained a lot lately and here's the result.

Looking ahead to Dodd summit.

I took a weather reading up here and got 48.7 mph maximum wind speed; a conversation killer if ever there was one.

Dodd summit view.

Search lights above Keswick and the central fells were moving across the fellsides at a terrific rate.

It looks like someone in Portinscale has left the tap running all night.

A close up of High Stock Bridge and the River Derwent.

Here's a wider view of the flooded end of Bassenthwaite Lake and the north western fells.

On the opposite (the A66) side of Bassenthwaite Lake are the Lord's Seat fells and Grisedale Pike (the pointed one on the left).

We're back down at Skill Beck and standing on the dam behind the tea rooms again. The tea rooms don't open again until half term in February so if you like a cuppa after you've had a walk you'll have to bring a flask.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks