24th December 2015

Christmas Eve on Dodd

Time 11:05am to 12:35pm
Duration 1 hr 30 min
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
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


Today I head out for a short Christmas Eve walk over Dodd. Here's a picture of a rather messy looking track through Dodd Wood as I set off on the walk to the summit. The walk back down the other side has much better views but this is still an easy route despite it being all up hill.

The most noticeable thing on to days walk was lots of water and lots of debris left from the recent floods.

One of the footpaths had a barrier across it and as I looked between the trees I spotted the reason why. There must have been a ridiculous amount of rain falling because if you look on a map, this beck has a very small catchment area indeed.

Just above Long Doors I pass by the seat with a view.

and here's the view.

Looking ahead to Dodd summit.

I'm not sure who they were looking for but the searchlight quickly moved across the path below me before going out as it reached the trees down there.

Dodd summit.

Blimey, the flooding looks bad enough from the roadside but from up here you see just how bad it really is.

Bassenthwaite Lake seen from the top of Dodd.


A close up of Derwent Water.


A close up of High Stock Bridge.


If you didn't know for certain where this picture was taken you easily believe it was in some South American rain forest or some such place.

Well folks, it's Christmas Eve and I need to get home because just like most other people I have things to do in preparation for the big day. The most important is of course getting to bed early so Christmas Day will come quicker and, with a bit of luck, I'll have been well behaved enough for the guy in the red coat to pay a visit and hopefully leave a few gifts.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks