Great Dodd

Great Dodd, from Calfhow Pike

Height: 2807 feet above sea level in the first edition of Wainwright, but the OS now state the height as 2812′.

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells).

Summit of Great Dodd

Walkers, runner and dog on the summit of Great Dodd.

Date climbed: First visit: 7th February 2012 (walk 51).

Second visit: 16th March 2020 (walk 176).

Bagged as numberFirst round: 158 of 330. [ << Bakestall (157)  (159) Clough Head >> ]

Second round: 242 of 330. [ << Clough Head (241)  (243) Watson’s Dodd >> ]

Route of ascent and descentFirst visit: 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.

Great Dodd summit

Great Dodd summit cairn, Skiddaw and Blencathra behind.

Second visit: Came in on the ridge from Clough Head, left along the ridge to Watson’s Dodd.

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 quite liked my first 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. The second visit largely reinforced these impressions. But it definitely isn’t an undiscovered rival to Great Gable or anything. Those who demand rock should walk elsewhere.

Great Dodd from Gowbarrow

And from Gowbarrow Fell

[ << Great Crag     Great End >> ]

2 Responses 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 […]

  2. […] This took me up the three northernrnost summits of the Eastern Fells, namely Clough Head, Great Dodd and Watson’s Dodd. It was a walk with fine views, but done into a bitter wind that rather put […]

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