Rest Dodd is a fell in the English Lake
District, is situated in the quieter far eastern region of the national
park and reaches a height of 696 metres (2,283 feet).
It is a
fell that is often by-passed by walkers as they travel the busy footpath
between Ullswater and Haweswater either to climb the more significant
fell of High Street or strive to complete Alfred Wainwright’s Coast to
The fell is usually climbed in conjunction with
other nearby "Wainwright" fells such as The Nab, Brock Crags and
Rest Dodd stands on the long ridge forming the
boundary of the Martindale catchment, an extensive valley system
emptying north into Ullswater.
South east of Rest Dodd is The
Knott and in the opposite direction is Brock Crags. A subsidiary ridge
juts out north from Rest Dodd, ending at The Nab. This fell separates
the heads of the Martindale valleys of Bannerdale and Rampsgill.
A much shorter rocky spur also runs north west from Rest Dodd, divided
from the Nab by Yewgrove Gill. The southern flank of the fell is formed
by Hayeswater Gill.
Rest Dodd appears as a high, rounded dome
from most directions, the upper slopes being clad in rough grass. Below
about 1,500 ft all of the faces are steep and rough with some
outcropping on the Martindale flanks.
The ridge connecting to The
Knott is broad topped and marshy, whilst that connecting to Brock Crags
crosses a series of rocky outcrops as it narrows above Satura Crag. The
way to the Nab, once the boundary wall of the deer forest is passed, is
crossed by extensive peat bogs. Many of these are deeper than the height
of a man and add considerably to the time required.
The summit of
the fell has a substantial cairn due to the proximity of quite a few old
stone walls and gives a good full length view of the Helvellyn range to
the west as well as a spectacular view of the Ramps Gill valley to the
The ascent of Rest Dodd is usually started from the valley
of Patterdale where there are two possible starting points. The village
of Hartsop gives the most advantageous start being just two miles from
the fell summit but it is a tough climb from Hayeswater Gill to join the
main path from Patterdale village to Haweswater.
The other route
is longer (3.5 miles) and starts in Patterdale village and utilises the
main path over Boardale hause and past Angle Tarn before following an
old stone wall which leads precisely to Rest Dodd’s summit.