Great Dodd

Great Dodd

Height: 2807 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: 7th February 2012 (walk 51)

Bagged as number:  155 of 214. [ << Bakestall (154)  (156) Clough Head >> ]

Great Dodd summit

Great Dodd summit, Skiddaw and Blencathra behind.

Route of ascent and descent:  Ascended from Legburthwaite, a climb which is just as you would expect following a quick perusal of the diagram on Wainwright’s page Great Dodd 8. Left along the ridge to Calfhow Pike and on to Clough Head.

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Great Dodd, well named, is the most extensive of the fells in the Helvellyn range. To the north-east, its long sprawling slopes fall away gradually in an undulating wilderness of grass to the old coach-road; beyond is a wide expanse of uncultivated marshland, not at all characteristic of Lakeland and of no appeal to walkers…. Grass is everywhere: it offers easy and pleasant tramping by no excitements.”

Great Dodd from Glencoyne Head

Great Dodd from Glencoyne Head. Picture taken on walk 48.

What I say:  Great Dodd is a hefty fell – one of the twenty highest in Lakeland (number 19 in order of altitude, to be precise) – but as the description above should indicate, it is probably the least exciting of all those 20 highest. But all the same, I eventually quite liked my ascent of it, or at least found it memorable, due to the combination of snow and sun. Once I got above a point where I was mostly staying on top of the hard snowpack rather than sinking into it, the walking was easy, and the views good. But it definitely isn’t an undiscovered rival to Great Gable or anything.

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One Response to “Great Dodd”

  1. […] letting a second chance pass up. And it was well worth it. Two fells bagged on walk 51: Great Dodd and Clough Head, in conditions that were snowy but otherwise quite pleasant. All my walks now seem […]

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