24th December 2009

A Christmas Eve winter wonderland on Dodd


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 12.00
Duration 2 hr 30 min
Distance 5.2 mile
Ascent 1640 ft
Walking with On my own
Dodd Wood - Allerdale Ramble - Long doors - Dodd - Long Doors - Allerdale Ramble - 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

Behind the Old Sawmill Tearooms.

Barf, seen on the opposite side of Bassenthwaite Lake.

A close up of Grisedale Pike.

Looking back, towards Bassenthwaite Lake.

Long shadows across powdery snow.


Looking back down the track.

Delicate nature.


Looking south into the winter sun.

The view up to Dodd summit.

Walking in a winter wonderland, , ,



Well, walking through the trees wasn't half nice.


By the time I'd got to this point I was down to a short sleeved shirt. Not a breath of wind and the extra effort needed to walk through the snow had warmed me up to something more akin to a summers day.


Dodd summit.

Bassenthwaite Lake taken from Dodd summit.

Anyone on the higher north western fells would have been enjoying a real treat this morning.

Carl Side.


There seemed to be a quite a bit more cloud in some other areas, so perhaps a short walk up Dodd wasn't such a bad idea after all. Although I suspect everyone over there, would have been having as good a time as I was over here.



Despite there being other tracks around the opposite side of the fell, I thought it best to head back by the same route. Mainly to stay in the sunshine, but the views are definitely better on this side.


Closed !!
Never mind, I had some last minute Christmas shopping to do in Keswick anyway, and more to the point, I knew there was a list of jobs waiting for me to do when I got home.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks