15th August 2009

A dry walk up Dodd after a wet day at home


Walk Overview
Time 16.45 to 19.05
Duration 2 hr 20 min
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Dodd Wood - Skill Beck - Long Doors - Dodd - Allerdale Ramble - Skill Beck 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.


Route Map

The Old Sawmill Tearooms were busy this afternoon; both inside and outside. No doubt everyone was now taking advantage of the dry conditions. The morning on the other hand had been a different story altogether; none stop heavy rain. The type of morning where you'd think twice about putting a Cat out never mind yourself.
Never mind, the day wasn't completely lost, and as seen as though it was now dry, we decided to have a walk onto Dodd. Apart from the fact that we always enjoy it here, the main reason was that almost the whole walk can be done along good forestry tracks that are unlikely ever to be described as wet under foot.

"Which way do you fancy going?"
"I don't mind"
"You decide then"
"No, you can pick the route today"
"but I'm not bothered"
"OK then we'll go that way"
"didn't we go that way last time"
"well we can just as easily go that way if you like"
"but that way will be busier with all those people"
"right then, we'll go the other way"
"but, , , , , , "
As you can see, fell walking can be a complicated business, at least it is for us if we're faced with more than one choice of route.

Eventually a decision was make and we headed up the northern side of Skill Beck.

After rounding the corner at Long Doors the view across to Keswick, Derwent Water, Portinscale, Braithwaite and the fells beyond opens up in spectacular fashion.

Heading towards Dodd summit.
As I said at the start, even after heavy rain, it's unlikely that these paths would ever be under water.

It may have been dry, but it still didn't look too promising.

Sunshine on the White Stones area.

Dodd Summit.


Bassenthwaite Lake, or as I've always known it Bassenth't Lake. To be honest, depending on who I'm talking to, I'd pronounce all the thwaits as th't, for example Braith't and Thornth't. Then there are the dales. I'd say these with out the "a" and the "e", so I'd actually be going for a walk in Borrowd'l, Ennerd'l or Wasd'l.
Anyway: that's enough waffle for now, so I'll get on with the walk.

Sunshine on the fields below Latrigg.

And on Latrigg itself.

Skill Beck.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks