A Fistful of Dodds

  • Easy walking on a high and extensive ridge
  • 360 degree views of real quality
  • A hidden corner away from the crowds

I have always had a special affinity with the wonderfully airy ridge leading to Clough Head from Helvellyn, mainly because of our small cottage in Threlkeld from where the vast majority of my Lake District holidays were based.  The Dodds (Stybarrow Dood, Watsons Dodd & Great Dodd) straddle the middle section of the ridge; a switchback of rounded summits either overlooking St Johns in the Vale and Thirlmere or back over Ullswater and the fells near Helvellyn.

The climb up from Dockray and Dowthwaitehead Farm is simple (better than the steep slopes to the west) and has the dual advantage of views back over the lake at Ullswater and a start close to the one thousand foot contour line. I have included the section on the main ridge on my favourite linear walk which stretches from Kirkstone Pass to Threlkeld – this is really high level walking at its very best.

Recommend: I like to add the extra 2 miles to the circuit which takes in Clough Head and a closer study of the many ridges leading up to Blencathra before dropping down to join the wide bridleway known as the Old Coach Road.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000 The English Lakes North East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 380219. At the 412ms point marked on the map there is plenty of parking. Head down the lane to Dowthwaitehead farm.
Height to Climb: 543ms (1,781 feet)
Terrain: Some of the best walking on grassy paths in the entire Lake District although the lands around the farm often becomes a little damp.
Eating & Drinking: The Royal at Dockray is a fine traditional Lakes pub only 1 mile from the start point
Similar Walks Nearby: St Sundays Crag from Patterdale
An airy round of Martindale
Hayeswater & Angletarn Crags
Places to Stay: Brackenrigg Inn, Ullswater