13th August 2016

Dodd Wood in the rain

Time 10:10 to 11:55am
Duration 1 hr 45 min
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent 1400ft is close enough
Walking with On my own
Dodd Wood - Skill Beck - Long Doors - Dodd - Long Doors - Allerdale Ramble - Dodd Wood
Fells visited
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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.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Just a short walk today, I've had a niggling pain in my knee for a few days, the fore cast isn't great and I have a few consecutive walking days ahead of me. So, after much chopping and changing of my mind, I set out for a walk up Dodd.

Bassenthwaite Lake briefly comes into view as I turn round.

Click went the camera and before I could say "it's a shame about the view", the rain arrived and persisted for the remainder of the walk. Never mind, apparently there's a heatwave on the way next week.


A picture not showing Dodd summit.

Wet and windy at the top of Dodd.

Take away the cloud & rain and the views are lovely on the walk down here, even though they're obscured somewhat by the trees next to the forest track.




Behind the tea rooms and Skill Beck rushes through the gap in the dam. It's the middle of August and I shouldn't be standing here with water dripping off my hood and that beck should be nothing more than a trickle.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks