I can't remember it myself or perhaps I just wasn't paying attention, but at one time Dodd was covered in a thick cloak of trees from top to bottom. To say the least, this must surely have been a fell with less views than any other. I suspect if I'd been fell walking at that time I'd have made the effort to get to the top and probably never went back again. Thankfully I've never known Dodd as anything other than a great little fell which always leaves me feeling satisfied if it's just a short walk I'm after.
Some of the trees have been felled in recent times and the views which were absent in the past have now been well and truly opened up and are on a par with those from most other fells in the Lake District. For such a straightforward, even basic fell there are a surprising number of different paths and tracks to choose from. If only those less than fulfilled walkers from the past could see the place now.
Unless you've been there I'm afraid you'll have to believe me when I say this, but looking across to Dodd from the A66 side of Bassenthwaite Lake always reminds me of the Norwegian Fjords. The way the steep wooded slopes rise up from the fields next to the lake brings back memories of many great holidays in Norway.