Dodd is a small fell in the Lake District, four
kilometres north-west of Keswick. It forms part of the Skiddaw range in
the northern part of the national park and the slopes are heavily
In recent years Dodd and Dodd Wood have become a magnet
for visitors as the area around the southern end of Bassenthwaite Lake
is home to the only pair of nesting Ospreys in northern England.
An open-air viewing platform was opened on the slopes of Dodd in June
2001 which gives a clear view of the nest from a safe distance.
Dodd Wood is one of the diminishing strongholds of the Red Squirrel in
Great Britain and the Forestry Commission, along with the Department for
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, have begun a campaign of protection
from the Grey Squirrel.
The top of the fell is marked by a stone
memorial pillar with a brass plaque that says "In memory of John Lole
and Ian Sandelands, Ist Seaton Scout Group".
The view from the
top is excellent for a fell of modest height, encompassing the entirety
of Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water.
The high mountains of Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Bowfell
21 km away to the south and the hills of Dumfries and Galloway are also
visible to the north-west.
Dodd is generally climbed from the car
park at the Old Sawmill tea room (grid reference: NY235281) on the A591
road, opposite the Mirehouse where there is a waymarked route right up
to the summit of the fell.
It is possible to continue the walk
from Dodd to take in the adjoining fell of Carl Side and then continue
to the summit of Skiddaw, one of Englandís few 3,000-foot mountains.
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