25th April 2009

The Ullock Pike Ridge and Dodd Wood


Walk Overview
Time 06.20 to 09.10
Duration 2 hr 50 min
Distance 5.2 mile
Ascent 2400 ft
Walking with On my own
Near Ravenstone Hotel - Ling How - The Edge - Ullock Pike - Longside - Carl Side - White Stones - Long Doors - Dodd Wood - path next to A591 - Near Ravenstone Hotel
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

Although it wasn't planned that way, I had a very early start today, I just woke up sooner than normal so I got out of bed and set off. I took this picture at 6.20 in the area of woodland called Rabbit Warren. Surprisingly though, I wasn't the first person on these fells this morning. Just below Ullock Pike I passed someone on his way back down. Needless to say we were not expecting to meet anyone at that time of morning.


A very calm looking Bassenthwaite Lake.

This wasn't quite the true sunrise; that event occurred well over an hour ago. This was merely the sun rising from behind the Skiddaw Fells.

Early morning sunshine lighting up the ridge below me. I love the fells at this time of morning.

Ullock Pike, Longside Edge and Carl Side.

There's too much haze and far too many fells to point out in this picture, except Ullock Pike which is the one I'm standing on and perhaps Barf, on the right hand side of the picture behind Bassenthwaite Lake.

The view back along the ridge.

It was blowing an absolute gale on Carl Side summit while I was here. In fact, I was pleased this was as high as I was going today and I was now about to loose some height.

A hazy picture looking towards Keswick and Derwent Water.

The aptly named White Stones. A narrow path leads from the right hand side of the stones to the forest tracks on Dodd.

Dodd, lit up nicely by a fleeting moment of sunshine.

Walking down the road / track above Skill Beck.

Mirehouse somewhat obscured by trees.


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