Dodd - Route One

 

Start - Millbeck NY 256 261 Distance - 1.5 miles Ascent - 1,270 feet Time - 1 hour : 35 minutes

 

 

A signpost located a few hundred yards west along the minor road from Millbeck points the way to a small footbridge, almost hidden by dense undergrowth, and a stile that gives access to the open fellside
The path rises quite steeply alongside a larch spinney
A glimpse of Derwent Water above the trees from the start of the path
Looking back to Skiddaw Little Man
Eel Crag and Grisedale Pike in the north western fells
Looking back along the path to Latrigg
Derwent Water from higher on the path
The path runs alongside Lyzzick Wood for a short distance before entering it via a dilapidated stile near the tall conifers in the centre of the photo
Looking back to Derwent Water from the stile
The Newlands Valley from the stile
The easiest and usual way to the summit is make use of the forest roads that encircle the fell.  However to avoid disturbing the nesting ospreys some have been closed with alternative routes indicated such as the one on the right
This path through Dodd Wood has been kept open to allow access to Dodd summit and Skiddaw via Long Doors col
The path emerges from the forest onto an area of cleared fellside and climbs to meet a forest road a short distance below the col of Long Doors
Looking down the forest road to Derwent Water
Looking up the road towards Long Doors.  The path to White Stones on Carl Side can be seen rising from the col
Looking to Helvellyn from the forest road
Looking back along the road to Dodd summit from near Long Doors.  The ascent path meets this forestry road below the overgrown fire break which can be used to make a more direct ascent, but it is very rough and steep.  It is much easier to follow the road which eventually loops round above the fire break
Eel Crag and Grisedale Pike from near Long Doors
Derwent Water from Long Doors
Long Doors col
The north western fells, above Braithwaite, from Long Doors
A glimpse of Bassenthwaite Lake from Long Doors
The way ahead from Long Doors couldn't be more clearly marked!
A memorial bench with a wonderful view
The north western fells from the bench
The Helvellyn range from the bench
Dodd summit from the bench
On the way to the summit there is another bench on the top of a short spur
Barf and Lord's Seat in the Whinlatter fells from the higher bench
The north western fells
Latrigg backed by the Helvellyn range
Looking down to Long Doors with Skiddaw Little Man appearing over the ridge rising to Carl Side
The view of Derwent Water from the higher bench
The path to the summit with Ullock Pike on the right
Approaching the summit
The summit of Dodd
 Looking down to Long Doors from the summit
The eastern fells, Clough Head to Helvellyn from the summit
Derwent Water and the central fells
Derwent Water and the Newlands Valley
The Newlands Valley (again!) but this time including Causey Pike on the right
The north western fells
Lord's Seat and Broom Fell (centre)
Bassenthwaite Lake with Criffel over the border across the Solway Firth

 

 

 

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