We have been visiting the Lake District for years, and every time we go we drive past Dodd Woods on our way to our best friend’s house however, although we have walked round it (with small people, when they were small) we have never been to the summit. So, I was on a mission….
I had a weekend away on my own, yes on my own and was off to the Lake District which I believe is fast becoming my second home, well third after Bristol. Actually, if I could afford it I would get a little place in Ambleside as I just ADORE that town. Don’t know why, it just makes my little heart sing whenever I am there.
It is a little baby of a hill sat in the shadow of Skiddaw, at 502m it is overlooked by many a hillwalker which I think is a great shame. I loved every minute of the walk from the wooded pathways which rise up to afford you glorious views over Bassenthwaite Lake, Keswick and Derwent Water. As you sit on the peak you can feel the immense weight of Skiddaw behind you, it almost envelops you with its black sides and breadth and this adds to the feeling of awe as you look over one of the most beautiful views in the Lake District.
The best bit about this view is that it is accessible to so many. The paths in the woods are gravel and relatively level enabling pushchairs and off-road wheelchairs to handle them easily. It is also the site of the Lake District Osprey Project which was set up in 2001 as part of the reintroduction of the Osprey. To date this year’s breeding pair have laid three eggs, the last on April 17thso it really is worth a visit to Dodd even to just see these awe-inspiring birds.
Dodd. Do it.
Rating: Easy to moderate
Distance: Various routes
Time: 2-3 hours