Another weekend in the Lakes - September 2016 - The Dodds
One of the walks I had wanted to do for a long time is the Dodds - a series of more rounded hills, towards the northern edge of the Lakes, that are often combined in a classic walk called "Doing the Dodds". Our walk started at High Row, above the village of Dockray, taking the Old Coach Road for a couple of miles before climbing the first of 5 peaks on the route, Clough Head (726m). From here we walked on to Great Dodd (857m), Watson's Dodd (789m) and Stybarrow Dodd (843m) where we stopped for lunch. From then we walked on to Hart Side (758m) and down over Birkett Fell and back to the car - whilst I recorded the walk on my Suunto watch, I accidentally stopped it for ashort part of the route. Fortunately I was also recording it on my Viewranger app, shown below. The full walk was approximately 11.5 miles.
The first part of the walk along the Old Coach Road was fairly flat and allowed us to make good time. Our legs were nicely warmed up before we embarked on the steep climb up to Clough Head. As we climbed the light started to improve producing some interesting cloud patterns over the surrounding hills.
The summit of Clough Head provides impressive views of the surrounding fells. Here Paul takes an image towards Skiddaw, with Blencathra in the background.
There are panoramic views from the summit Trig point and shelter, towards Skiddaw and over to the Grasmoor range.
as well as over Derwent water and to a multitude if summits in the west.
As we moved from Clough Head to the Dodds themselves, there was a great view of Thirlmere and the surrounding fells.
The tree covered hill of Raven Crag could clearly be seen in the foreground.
Unfortunately the light became quite dull again as we visited first Great Dodd, then Watson's Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd. Fortunately, the sun came out when we stopped for some lunch a short way from the summit of Stybarrow Dodd.
With really brooding light over the distant fells.
As we walked on, there were spectacular views from Hart Side summit, firstly over Ullswater.
and also over Great Mell Fell (left) and Little Mell Fell (right). You really get the feeling of being on the edge of the Lakes from here. And you can see the Pennines in the far distance.
And as we walked down over Birkett Fell the view got better and better!
As we came down from the fells I was taken by the composition of this stream winding its way down the valley, with Little Mell Fell in the distance.
It had been another great walk rounded off, as always ,with a pint at the local pub. The feeling in these hills was very different to some of the more rugged parts of the Lakes and the views over Ullswater, the Mell Fells and beyond the edge of the Lakes, quite spectacular.
For the full range of images from this walk please go to The Dodds gallery here.