Dodd

Height: 502 metres / 1647 feet Grid reference: NY 24420 27353 Category: The Northern Fells

Dodd summit

Dodd summit

Bassenthwaite Lake from Dodd

Bassenthwaite Lake from Dodd

Carl Side

Start point: Millbeck (NY 255 262)

Millbeck – Doups – White Stones Carl Side Long Side Ullock Pike Longside Wood – Long Doors – Dodd – Lyzzick Wood – Millbeck

Distance: 5.5 miles     Total Ascent: 842 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours    Start Time: 08:15

Weather: Sunny. 18C

I didn’t really know where I was going to end up when I set off this morning and this was very much a dynamic walk. I intended going up to Skiddaw but I ended up going in the opposite direction and just making my mind up as I walked. The unusual descent is not really recommended unless you are in a rush and I could not resist squeezing Dodd in at the end of the walk. How I found my way through the woods below Dodd I’ll never know but as it turned out the navigation was spot on!

 

Dodd

Start point: The Old Sawmill tearooms. (NY 234 281)

Dodd from The Old Sawmill tearooms

Distance: 2.4 miles     Total Ascent: 382 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 15 minutes

Weather: Hazy sunrise. 9C.

I was out and about early this morning for a quick climb to Dodd from The Old Sawmill tearooms. Prior to climbing the fell, I had a look down at Derwent Water for a calm lake shot (2011 calendar?!) and managed to elbow my way in with all the other photographers down there! It was a lovely morning but I was a bit too early for those blue skies today.

Hopegill Head

Start point: Hopebeck (NY 169 241)

Hopebeck Dodd (Lorton) (523)Gasgale Crag  – East Top of Whiteside Hopegill Head Ladyside Pike (524) Swinside (525) – High Swinside Farm – Hopebeck

Distance: 4.6 miles     Total Ascent: 677 metres    Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Gale force winds and snow. 3°C

It was really rough weather today with a strong, freezing wind making the going tough for much of the route. The calmest part was surprisingly the high level ridge to Hopegill Head between the outward leg of Dodd and the homeward leg of Ladyside Pike. Coupled with the really strong wind was treacherous ice covered which had a thin veneer of snow on top – that meant we certainly had to watch our step today.

Dodd

Start point: The Old Sawmill tearooms. (NY 234 281)

Dodd (483) from The Old Sawmill tearooms

Distance: 2.5 miles     Total Ascent: 400 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours

Weather: Generally dull with the odd sunny spell and a heavy shower. 19oC

Today’s mission was to see the Osprey’s from the viewpoint in Dodd Wood, make it to the top of Dodd and have some nice cake in the tearoom at the end – all accomplished! There was a brief spell of sunshine on the way up to the summit, but later we could see the rain quickly advancing across the Derwent Valley and we got a good soaking during lunch – not to worry, we didn’t let it dampen our enthusiasm much!

Dodd

Start point: The Old Sawmill tearooms. (NY 234 281)

Dodd (207) from The Old Sawmill tearooms.

Weather: Dull and cool.