Skiddaw Dodd

by Veronica

Skiddaw Dodd is part of the Skiddaw Mountain range in the Lake District, Cumbria, England, near Keswick. It is a popular walk and has great views over Bassenthwaite.

Skiddaw Dodd lies on Forestry Commission land known locally as Dodd Wood. There has been exensive planting to replace the logging but the Forestry Commission have cleared the summit and the top is now visible from across Bassenthwaite Lake. It is a very pleasant and popular family walk with just a long pull up to the top after which it levels off.

Bassenthwaite Lake is in a quieter part of the English Lake District and the Lake isn't very accessible.

We walked up part of Skiddaw Dodd recently with our daughter in law who is pregnant and our two year old grandson. They managed most of it.

the beck below the footpath
the beck below the footpath
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Dodd is approx. 1646 ft above sea level. The steep footpath on the walk up the fell side  looks down at the beck ( north of England word for stream ) below.

The autumn colours
The autumn colours
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The paths to the Bassenthwaite Lake
The paths to the Bassenthwaite Lake
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The autumn colours we saw in Dodd Wood  were stunning and there were still wild blackberries on the bushes in November.

We stopped frequently having the toddler with us and we looked back down the slope towards the lake Bassenthwaite Lake  in the distance. The Lake is just off centre in the picture above right.

conifers on the way up
conifers on the way up

The Forestry Commission has planted several types of conifers over many years to replant and also clear the woods.

various hedgerow
various hedgerow
The path levels off
The path levels off

Above, the main mountain Skiddaw is in the background.


The vegetation was verdant with beautiful colours, here above, pink and white flowers amidst the ferns.

Well defined paths
Well defined paths

Dodd is one of the few nesting places for wild ospreys and they are very well protected by local bird conservation groups.

The footpaths are clearly defined and there are several grades of difficulty according to the colour of the route to follow. There are walks here for most people.

As with everywhere in the English Lake District, you will find a lovely café at the end of the walk where you can have tea and homemade cakes. This café, "The Old Sawmill "  has some very interesting old saw mill tools inside too. There are huge black and white photos on the wall of logging days gone by.  Fascinating stuff.

The cafe
The cafe

Most people should manage this beautiful walk. There is plenty parking at a moderate price, toilet facilities and outdoor seating for picnics too.

Opposite the wood entrance is a charming, old house called Mirehouse which has a lovely garden to visit.

It is well worth a visit.

Updated: 01/09/2016, Veronica
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Veronica on 07/14/2017

At The Old Sawmill cakes are freshly made each day and you never know what they will have when you turn up, exhausted from climbing the mountain. They are not written down on the menu because they are so freshly made and different each day .
There are always some homemade scones, a few types of layer cakes, a selection of pies etc always freshly made and delicious.The web site is here;-

DerdriuMarriner on 07/14/2017

Veronica, What kind of home-made cakes do they serve at the café at the end of Dodd walk?

frankbeswick on 01/09/2016

When I used to drive down to Cambridge [in the East] on business I used to struggle through the traffic on the A1 until I saw the sign for the North, and a sense of relief swept over me. The reason: I am a Northerner at heart. I don't feel at home in the South. I dwelt in London in term time for two years and suffered it. Never again!

Veronica on 01/09/2016

TY. My photos are mainly from the North of England.

Most people want to visit London which is just a city but the best of England is further North. My husband had never been North until he came to college here after London University 40 years ago. He's never lived in the South ever again and wouldn't want to.

blackspanielgallery on 01/08/2016

Your images are very nice. It makes me wish to visit England one day. Wonderful land you have there.

frankbeswick on 01/06/2016

Helen, our daughter,was about 6 at the time, and she is now thirty, so it is 24 years since we last climbed it.

Veronica on 01/06/2016

Must be 17 years since we took our children up Skiddaw

frankbeswick on 01/06/2016

My memory of Skiddaw Dodd is that while it is not the stereotypically pointed summit. it is certainly narrower than the much longer and broader Skiddaw, of whose massif it is a small part. I suggest that it is relatively sharper than Skiddaw.

I have been up Skiddaw, but I have only been on the main summits, but there is a wide moorland below the main summit and on the North East side that I have never crossed. It is heather covered in abundance. I don't think that many walk there, and I did not see many sheep on it. It looks suitable for grouse.

I must say that it is a good while since we took the children up Skiddaw.

Veronica on 01/06/2016

TY for that information. Much appreciated as always.

That is interesting because Dodd isn't what I would have thought of as pointed. It is more of a rounded fell on the way up to Skiddaw Summit .

frankbeswick on 01/05/2016

The word dodd in Northern English dialect indicates a peak with a relatively pointed summit.

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