13th June 2012

An evening on Dodd


Walk Overview
Time 16.40 to 18.50
Duration 2 hr 10 min
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Dodd Wood - Skill Beck - 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

Despite the number of paths crisscrossing and running up and down the area it really is quite easy to find your way up here. A simple case of staying on this track until you reach the sign directing you to the top.

With the prospect of a couple of dry hours we decided to have a walk up Dodd this evening. And a couple of dry hours was all we got. Although we stayed dry on the walk, it chucked it down on the way home.


The sign directing you to the top.


A close up of Braithwaite, Barrow and Causey Pike.

The way to the top.

A close up of Cat Bells.

There's something you don't see everyday. Skiddaw Little Man and Dodd Little Woman in the same photo.

A very dark looking Bassenthwaie Lake seen from Dodd summit.

Dodd summit.

Looking across to Derwent Water, Keswick and Braithwaite.

and a closer look.

Dramatic skies laden with rain.

Locked, , , , and to make matters worse, , , ,   we were then asked if we love nature.
At this precise moment in time the answer was NO.

A view across to Bassenthwaite Lake and the Lord's Seat fells.

Almost back, and I'm now looking forward to black pudding, chips and gravy in Keswick.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks