Middle Dodd is a fell in the English Lake
District, an outlier of the Helvellyn range in the Eastern Fells. It
stands above Kirkstone Pass on the road from Ullswater to Ambleside.
Middle Dodd is properly the northern ridge of Red
Screes, but was given the status of a separate fell by Alfred Wainwright
in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells. His decision was based on
it being "..the most striking object in a fine array of mountain
The fell is named as the middle one of three Dodds
when viewed from Hartsop, the others being (Low) Hartsop Dodd and High
Hartsop Dodd. The names thus refer to position in the valley rather than
All three present an imposing pyramidal profile when seen
from below, totally obscuring their parent fells. Similarly, all three
appear entirely derivative when viewed from other angles.
the wide summit of Red Screes a narrowing ridge curves northward,
passing around the rim of a cove on the Kirkstone side. The ridge, named
Smallthwaite Band, narrows to a fine grassy promenade and then throws up
the summit of Middle Dodd.
Beyond this the character of the fell
changes completely and a rough slope plunges straight down to the valley
floor 1,500 ft below.
The fell is bounded on either side by
valleys of the Ullswater catchment. To the east is Kirkstone Beck,
flowing from the summit of the pass with its famous inn.
west is Caiston Glen, its beck descending from the walker's crossroads
of Scandale Pass. These valleys meet beneath the nose of Middle Dodd and
continue northward to Brothers Water.
The summit of Middle Dodd
bears a small cairn on a neat grassy top and a small trench of uncertain
The view is remarkably good given the looming presence of
Red Screes, with a distant vista of the Scafells completing the picture.
Middle Dodd is rarely climbed for its own sake being merely a stop
on the road to Red Screes.
The nose of the fell provides the
obvious route, starting from either Kirkstonefoot or Cow Bridge. This is
unremittingly steep but even harsher gradients can be found by making a
pathless ascent from Red Pit on the Kirkstone road.
route contouring from Scandale Pass is also possible but most would
proceed via Red Screes from this point.