The Dodds

Start Point: Dockray (NY 393 215)

Dockray – High Row – RandersideGreat DoddWatson’s DoddStybarrow DoddWhite Stones on Green SideHart SideBirkett FellBrown HillsSwineside Knott – Watermillock Common – Common Fell – Dockray

Distance:     10.3 miles     Total Ascent: 732 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours    Start Time: 10:00

Weather: Warm and hazy. 19°C

It’s not so long ago that I did this walk (back in January) but I wanted to have another walk around to check notes as this will be a featured walk soon in Trail magazine. It was really quite warm today, shorts and t-shirt all the way.

The Dodds Route Map

The Dodds

Start Point: Dockray (NY 393 215)

Dockray – High Row – RandersideGreat DoddWatson’s Dodd  – Stybarrow DoddWhite Stones on Green SideHart SideBirkett FellBrown HillsSwineside Knott – Watermillock Common – Common FellRound HowBracken How – Dockray

Distance: 10.7 miles      Total Ascent: 775 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 40 minutes     Start Time: 09:45

Weather: Windy with sunny spells, very cold on the tops, 4°C

Today was supposedly the calm before the storm, but I don’t think the weather necessarily knew that as once on the tops, the wind was howling and I ended up with more layers on than an onion. A very enjoyable round this was and it has been a year or two since I have been that way so it was good to get up there again. There wasn’t a single soul to be seen today apart from the lady farmer at High Row who took a shine to Fletcher – I think she had designs on him becoming a working dog up there – it was a good job he did’t gear otherwise I think he would have put his application form in!

The Dodds

Brown Hills

Height: 551 metres/1808 feet     Grid reference: NY 37771 19391


Brown Hills.


Ullswater from Brown Hills.

The Dodds

Start point: Dockray, adjacent to the bridge. (NY 393 215)

Dockray – Bracken How (492) Round How (493) Common Fell – Watermillock Common –Swineside Knott Brown Hills Birkett Fell Hart Side White Stones on Green Side Stybarrow Dodd Watson’s Dodd Great Dodd Little Dodd (St John’s Common) (494) Calfhow Pike (495) Clough Head (496) Dockray

Distance: 13.4 miles     Total Ascent: 1156 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Overcast, rain later. 14oC.

Another grey day today with just the odd glimmer of sunshine and heavy rain at the end. This is quite a long circuit but relatively easy going across boggy grass. I visited a couple of small tops at the beginning of the walk that I had never been to before which offered great views over Ullswater with little effort. It was very quiet up there though, and we never saw a single soul all day.

The Dodds

Start point: New Road, Dockray (NY 380 218)

New Road, Dockray – Low How (88) – High Brow (89) – Randerside (90) – Great Dodd (91) – Watson’s Dodd (92) – Stybarrow Dodd (93) – White Stones on Green Side (94) – Hart Side (95) – Birkett Fell (96) – Brown Hills (97) – Swineside Knott (98) – Common Fell (99) – New Road, Dockray

Weather: Rain and mist. Strong winds on The Dodds

Today’s walk was The Dodds from the end of the Old Coach Road joining Dockray and St. John’s in The Vale. The day started off dull and grew much worse as height was gained.

Entrance to Matterdale Common is through a gate and onto the coach road, then it’s an immediate left to ascend the grassy shoulder to Low How.