Dodd summit

The memorial on the summit of Dodd

Height: 1612 feet above sea level was given in the first edition — and also on the summit obelisk (pictured). However, the second edition of Wainwright reports that the Ordnance Survey now measure the summit at 1647 feet.

Volume: Book 5 (The Northern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 18th January 2010 (walk 9). Second visit: 29th September 2016 (walk 118).

Bagged as number: First round: 29 out of 330. [ << Silver How (28)    Loft Crag (30) >> ]

Dodd and Bassenthwaite Lake

Dodd and Bassenthwaite Lake, viewed from Bleaberry Fell – picture taken on walk 41.

Second round: 76 of 330. [ << Carl Side (75)  (77) Whitbarrow >> ]

Route of ascent: First visit: Ascended from Millbeck. Intended to descend to Dancing Gate, but ended up retracing my route of ascent, though there was plenty to commend the route in both directions. (This is obviously no longer as unfrequented a route as AW makes out on page 11 of his chapter.)

Second visit: Came down from Carl Side. Descended by following the green signposts to the Old Sawmill Tearoom (Mirehouse car park).

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “…in the course of recent years [Dodd] has become clothed from tip to toe and on all sides in a growth of trees so luxurious that scarcely any part of the original appearance of the fell remains in view…. Dodd is really an innocent party in this matter, the great change being none of his seeking but having been thrust upon him. In years gone by Dodd sported a few small woodlands, like a young man his first moustaches, with such success and evidence of fertility as to attract the attention of the Forestry Commission, then developing the Thornthwaite Forest just across Bassenthwaite Lake. Since 1920 the Commission have been rampant here, and, except for a single field at Little Crosthwaite, they have covered the fell thickly with growing timber.”

Dodd and Bass Lake

Dodd from the back, with Bass Lake behind

What I say: In fact, Dodd has had a shave since AW wrote his original chapter. The top 300 or so feet of the fell are now open to the sky. An excellent, engineered forest path now rises from Long Doors col (between Dodd and Carl Side) to the summit, instead of the struggle through the firebreak and young specimens of mountain pine which must have been there in the early 1960s. This does mean that quite a few pages of the original Northern Fells regarding Dodd are now obsolete, but Jesty’s second edition sorts it all out, and anyway all fellwalkers must be at least vaguely intelligent people.

The advantages of Dodd’s new chrome-dome look are, first, that it is a much more hospitable fell than it was fifty years ago, and secondly, the marvellous view is now accessible again. As you can see from the pictures on the walk 9 page, and the walk 118 one likewise, I have had two particularly good visits to the summit, and feel favourably inclined toward this little but interesting fell. I do recommend it though – with those dry and well-graded forest roads encircling it, it does seem a very user-friendly mountain, one for the whole family I would imagine.

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One Response to “Dodd”

  1. […] also advantages to it. I was up on the southern side of the Skiddaw range, bagging Carl Side and Dodd, and Wainwright was once seen to mutter (in the Skiddaw Little Man chapter as it happens) that the […]

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