Middle Dodd

Height: 654 metres / 2146 feet Grid reference: NY 39736 09571 Category: The Eastern Fells

The Helvellyn range from Middle Dodd

The Helvellyn range from Middle Dodd

Brothers Water, Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes beyond Middle Dodd

Brothers Water, Place Fell and Angletarn Pikes beyond Middle Dodd

Middle Dodd summit complete with sleeping man!

Middle Dodd summit complete with sleeping man!

Red Screes via Kilnshaw Chimney

Start point: Kirkstone Pass (NY 401 080)

Kirkstone Pass – Kilnshaw Chimney – Red Screes – Smallthwaite Band – Middle Dodd – Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 2.4 miles     Total Ascent: 480 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes     Start Time: 11:10

Weather: Beautiful sunshine. 18°C

Out of the blue almost, a perfect summer day at last. I managed a relatively quick scramble up to Red Screes via Kilnshaw Chimney (note – it’s a scramble up that way, not a walk) and then headed out to Middle Dodd. It was a perfect day to be on the fells today, not too hot, not too cold but just right (a Goldilocks day?!).

Red Screes

Start point: Kirkstone Pass (NY 401 080)

Kirkstone Pass – Red Screes – Smallthwaite Band – Middle Dodd – Kirkstone Pass

Distance: 2.4 miles     Total Ascent: 480 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes

Weather: Sunny spells, icy wind. 3ºC.

It is four years since I have been up Red Screes so I thought it was high time I paid a visit again, similarly with Middle Dodd. Of course, I should really have come here a week or two ago when I went to Hart Crag but the weather was ferocious and put me off that day. What a day today though, fantastic clarity and views.

Red Screes

Start point: Bottom of Kirkstone Pass (NY 402 113)

Kirkstone Pass – Middle Dodd (237) – Smallthwaite Band – Red Screes (238) – Scandale Pass – Little Hart Crag (239)High Hartsop Dodd (240) – Kirkstone Pass

Weather: Dull, overcast – rain and strong wind on the tops.

Today’s walk is a steep ascent up to Middle Dodd and Red Screes from the bottom of Kirkstone Pass, across the Scandale Pass and a lovely ridge walk from Little Hart Crag to Hartsop Dodd, then a steep descent back to Kirkstone Pass. The weather wasn’t brilliant again today but the high winds meant that there was the odd clearing of the mist to give fleeting glimpses of a view.

Red Screes

Cow Bridge – Hartsop Dodd (33) – Caudale Moor (34) – Middle Dodd (35) – Red Screes (36) – Little Hart Crag (37) – High Hartsop Dodd (38) – Cow Bridge