ONE Wainwright walk: Dodd
Time: 1 - 2 hours
Parking: at the Forestry Commission pay and display car park (although there is limited room for free roadside parking nearby). In high season, you can also take a bus from Keswick.
|The wooded slopes of Dodd - as seen from Barf|
Dodd sits between Bassenthwaite Lake and the rest of the Skiddaw range like a baby brother or sister - and one that hasn't yet lost all the trees from its slopes. It's a fell that is part of a Forestry England plantation, complete with café, toilets and a choice of walking trails, even including lookout points to see the ospreys that can sometimes be seen fishing in the lake below. Most of those trails are through woodland although, in 2021/22, the actual summit area has been felled of trees.
So, a walk to the summit of Dodd feels very different to a typical Lakeland walk. However, that difference can also be a pleasant change - and is definitely worth doing, not least for the views south over Derwent Water.
|Taken from www.forestryengland.uk/dodd-wood - which estimates a 5km walk to the summit and back from the car park.|
1. Given the marked trails and map provided by Forestry England, this route does not require much detailed explanation. There is a choice of trails to follow. However, the quickest route is to take the forest road straight uphill from the café.
|Looking up to the top of Dodd from the forest road|
2. Having reached the col at the top of the forest road, follow the trail on the right that leads to the summit (1647').
|Taking in the view towards the Newlands valley|
|The view across to Skiddaw Little Man|
3. Whatever route you took to climb up from the car park, make sure to choose a different trail on the way down so as to take in the different views on offer as you walk through Dodd Wood.
|Mist over the lake - as seen from the Dodd Wood Car Park|