11th March 2017

Dodd before the rain

Time morning
Duration a few hours
Distance 4.3 mile
Ascent somewhere around 1400ft
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


And as the weekend arrives so does the cloud and drizzle. Although, on this occasion it's probably our own fault we missed the better the weather. A last minute decision to have a 3 day midweek break away saw us away from home on two really nice days. Ah well you can't win them all.
It's not all doom and gloom though. The rain wasn't due to arrive until late morning so we managed to enjoy a short dry walk up Dodd for a few hours first.

Turning around we catch a glimpse of Bassenthwaite Lake in the distance. All the way up here we'd listened to the sound of cars in the woods on the whinlatter side of the lake. I guessed there must have been a rally taking place but it wasn't until we'd walked a little further that my suspicions were confirmed.

From a seat with a view, we look down to Keswick, Derwent Water, the Vale of Keswick and Newlands Valley. I seems to be raining on the fells in the far distance.

After a couple of minutes sitting down we continue up the track to Dodd summit.

Zooming into Newlands Valley.

You wouldn't expect to see vans up here would you.

Ah, , , that more or less confirms what we were thinking anyway.


Bassenthwaite Lake seen from the top of Dodd.

and looking t'other way to Keswick, Portinscale, Thornthwaite, Derwent Water and lots of cloud topped fells.

Dodd summit.


Looking across to the Whinlater fells. From here we managed to catch sight of the rally cars in Wythop Woods.

And to finish, I ask "can you feel the rain starting".

David Hall -
Lake District Walks