Starling Dodd

Starling Dodd, as seen from Gavel Fell

Height: 2085 feet above sea level.

Volume: Book 7 (The Western Fells)

Date climbed: 28th July 2012 (walk 60a)

Bagged as number:  184 of 330. [ << Great Borne (183)  (185) Red Pike >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: Approached on the ridge from Great Borne and continued along the ridge to Red Pike.

Starling Dodd summit

Cute study in cairn design, on Starling Dodd summit

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Starling Dodd, between Buttermere and Ennerdale, is one of those unobtrusive and unassuming fells that are rarely mentioned in literature or in conversation, that never really make an impact in mind or memory, that most visitors to the district know vaguely, from a study of maps, without ever wanting to know well. Its neat rounded summit surveys exciting landscapes but remains shyly aloof as though aware of its own limited contribution to the scenery.”

Starling Dodd and Ennerdale Water

Starling Dodd and Ennerdale Water. Picture taken on walk 43a.

What I say: There is, indeed, not much to see here: the summit is just a grassy mound that you go up and over on the way to better things. However, Starling Dodd does have two claims to fame. The first is the only real example of creativity I’ve seen with a summit cairn as the design brief: see the picture. (The medium of the second cairn being old fence-posts).

The second is that according to his own testimony in the “Personal Notes in Conclusion” at the end of The Western Fells, Starling Dodd, on 10th September 1965, was the very last walk Wainwright did as part of his fieldwork.

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