Portinscale makes a good base for a walk up Dodd via the Allerdale Ramble (a long distance walk through Borrowdale). Dodd has superb views across Derwentwater and the Northern Lake District.
1,612 ft. Up to the age of seven I holidayed in the idyllic little hamlet of Millbeck staying with my gran. She had been evacuated during the war and enjoyed it so much she decided to stay. Good for her! Therefore any visit to the area of “Underskiddaw” brings back a host of hazy memories. One involved a total lack of understanding why Dodd, of all hills, was clothed in a pine forest when none of its neighbours did. However I would urge anyone on this walk to take to its steep slopes and climb to the top. The views are superb once you eventually break out of the trees. It is particularly satisfying after negotiating the non existent forestry tracks; there is barely 200 ft to the summit from the trees.
Walking in the floodplain between Bassenthwaite and Derwentwater is easy and straightforward. Clearly a number of people follow the Allerdale Ramble, a long distance footpath which links Seathwaite in Borrowdale and the Coast. One thing to note however is to avoid the floodplain after a period of heavy rain. However when the clouds are over the high summits ad it is not too wet it is a walk full of interest and adventure.
Have a look for the house in Millbeck called Rowling End. What a magnificent place, why did the family ever sell it!
To climb Dodd start at Dancing Beck and a path zig zags and then goes steeply to the summit. The forest roads are of no help. From the summit head due east to join a footpath leading to the broad southerly ridge of Carl Side.
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