Clough Head and the Three Dodds
FIVE Wainwright circular walk: Hart Side, Stybarrow Dodd, Watson's Dodd, Great Dodd, Clough Head
Time: 7 - 8 hours
Parking: At the Park Brow National Trust Car Park (Grid Ref: NY 397205; £7.50 daily rate).
|Clough Head and the Three Dodds from Nest Brow|
On the main road from Keswick towards Thirlmere, it's hard to miss the line of high fells stretching southwards towards Helvellyn. One of them, Great Dodd, at 2807', is in the top twenty 'Wainwright' fells by height. Yet these "Three Dodds" and Clough Head, at the northern end of the ridge, receive far fewer visitors than they deserve.
The route I have described allows a hiker, one who is happy to set out on a full day's walk of more than 20 km, to complete a circular route to all of these peaks. It also includes the awkward-to-reach peak of Hart Side, a return hike along the 'Old Coach Road' to Matterdale and, if time allows, a visit to Aira Force as well.
|Strava estimates a walking distance of around 23km|
|Ullswater from higher on the path|
|Looking back to the long wall and eastern Ullswater|
|Two locals guarding the memorial plaque on Birkett Fell|
|On the top of Hart Side|
|Head across the grass to Stybarrow Dodd|
|Looking down towards Thirlmere from Stybarrow Dodd|
8. If not dry at the time you visit, there's also a small tarn on top of the ridge.
|Walk along the ridge to Watson's Dodd|
|Looking out towards Skiddaw from Watson's Dodd|
|The wind shelter on Great Dodd|
|The Great Dodd summit cairn|
|Looking back at Great Dodd ...|
|... and over to Grisedale Pike from Calfhow Pike|
|The long walk up Clough Head from Calfhow Pike|
|The summit of Clough Head|
|The western crags of Clough Head from St.John's in the Vale|
|Blencathra from White Pike|
18. From White Pike, carry on descending across the grass to the Old Coach Road. Look for an old railway goods wagon being used as a shed below you. If you head down to its left, you should be able to find a gate. If you come out further east, you may need to find a good spot to climb the fence before you can walk along the road. The onward route is obvious - just walk towards Dockray along the road!
|The Old Coach Road and Wolf Crags from White Pike|
|from Jonathan Otley's Map of the Lakes, 1833|