10th March 2016

An afternoon on Dodd

Time PM
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 5.3 mile
Ascent Somewhere around 1600 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Dodd Wood - Long Doors - Dodd - Dodd Wood - Mirehouse - St Bega church - Old Plantation - Dodd Wood
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Roadside spaces, Ravenstone Hotel, Bassenthwaite

There are a few different parking areas along the road between the main car park at Dodd Wood and the Ravenstone Hotel so I have grouped them all together into one.

An obvious circular walk in this area is an ascent of Carl Side via the Ullock Pike ridge and then descending back to the valley by way of Dodd. Should this be your choice of walk then the starting point along this section of road is irrelevant.

Route Map


As the song says:
I'd like to be a busy little bee,
Being just as busy as a bee can be,
Flying round the garden
Brightest ever seen,
Taking back the honey
To the dear old queen.

But not at the start of March.


And here we have another welcome sign of the new season.

The start of the walk saw us walking for about a mile along this track to reach the 'normal' start point for a walk in Dodd Woods. The reason for this was, we'd planned to walk back via St. Bega Church so it seemed like a good idea to leave the car at this end of the road.
Once we began the walk up through the woods the sun joined us and because it was quite sheltered, it felt warmer than it had done since last autumn. Very nice !!


Here we sat and ate a late lunch while enjoying the view down to Keswick, Portinscale, Derwent Water and lots of fells behind.

Zooming in on Newlands Valley. The aptly named Dale Head can be seen at the far end of the valley with Hindscarth on its right hand side.

Here we enjoy another short spell of sunshine as we ascend the final section before reaching the summit.

Dodd summit in front of the north western fells.

and now in front of Latrigg and the eastern fells. To the right of the slate is the central ridge, Keswick and Derwent Water.

Most of Bassenthwaite Lake seen from the top of Dodd.

A close up of Braithwaite.

and now a close up of Crag Hill and Grisedale Pike.

On the way back down we view the viewpoint and of course the view behind.



The Old Sawmill Tearoom was just packing up for the day otherwise we might have swapped some money for some tea and cake. Never mind, everything is ready for us at home and just needs warmed up, , , , forward planning and all that.


From the permissive path that took us past Mirehouse I take this sneaky picture of the back of the house

A couple of minutes later I take this photo of the front of the main house. If the groundsman chopped those two big trees down you've be able to see Dodd from here.

Given the amount of flood debris laying in the fields, we found it hard to believe the church didn't get flooded. However, once inside the churchyard and the church itself, we saw no evidence of it. Unless someone had done a really good job of clearing up.

To finish; here's a picture of Barf / Lord's Seat taken from the churchyard.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks