23rd June 2008

An evening walk up Dodd


Walk Overview
Time 18.00 to 19 40
Duration 1 hr 40 min
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with On my own
The Old Sawmill Tearoom - Dodd Wood - Long Doors - Dodd - Long Doors - Dodd Wood - The Old Sawmill Tearoom
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.


Route Map

Evening sunshine on Skill Beck.

I was feeling sorry for myself today, not through any misfortune I should add, but because it was my birthday. I have to admit the excitement of getting up at the crack of dawn to open presents simply isn't there anymore. Come to think of it the pile of presents seems to be getting smaller each year as well. Gone are the days when I'd go to bed the night before just hoping that I would get the "action man or the cowboy outfit" I'd asked for. Those were the days before parents had a money tree in the garden and kids needed to be taught that asking for something and actually getting it were two different things. Instead of any excitement, I'm now faced with the annual reminder that I'm yet another year older and the sand in the egg timer is running out.

Anyway: Despite the doom and gloom on the 23rd, I'm usually a happy soul, and I'm sure by this time tomorrow normal service will have resumed.

Judging by the fields at the end of Bassenthwaite Lake, it looks like the rain we had on Saturday and Sunday has certainly made up the the couple of months without hardly a drop.

Four pictures featuring Derwent Water.


An a close up.
The small looking pointed fell in the far distance is Pike O'Stickle (Langdale).

Possibly one of the nicest views you'll get from any seat in the Lake District.


Dodd summit, with Skiddaw Little Man, Clough Head & the Dodds, and Latrigg behind.

Looking in the opposite direction towards Bassenthwaite Lake, the Scottish hills and the sunshine on the Irish Sea.

Heading back down through Dodd Wood.



David Hall -
Lake District Walks