Watson's Dodd is a fell in the English Lake District
and forms part of the Helvellyn range in the Eastern Fells. This chain
of hills runs north-south and, in the vicinity of Watson's Dodd, forms
the watershed between the Thirlmere and Ullswater catchments.
Taller neighbours overlook Watson's Dodd from either side, to south east
is Stybarrow Dodd while Great Dodd rises to the north.
occupies a bend in the ridge formed by the head of Deepdale on the
eastern side, while the western side is a broad grassy flank, difficult
to describe as a ridge, falling to the foot of Thirlmere at
This is bounded by Stanah Gill to the south and
Mill Gill to the north. Rougher ground breaks out as the slope increases
at around 1,500 ft. culminating the fell's chief glory Castle
Castle Rock on
Ordnance Survey maps is also known as The Castle Rock of Triermain and
is an impressive crag overlooking the Vale of St John, north of
Thirlmere. It was referred to by Walter Scott as the setting for his
poem The Bridal of Triermain, hence the longer romantic name.
Jutting out from the hillside it provides faces on three sides although
the top can easily be reached from 'behind'. The castle-like profile is
made still more picturesque by a garland of mixed woodland around the
The summit of Watsons's Dodd is triangular
in plan and clad in grass. A small cairn marks the top, toward the
Fine views of the Lakeland fells are available in
all directions, other than where masked by near neighbours.
ridges north and south are marked by clear paths, although the main trod
bypasses the summit to the east.
The obvious routes of ascent
begin at Legburthwaite and pass around Castle Rock either to north or
Mill Gill then offers one alternative, or a bee-line can
be made up the trackless breast of the fell.
Access to the fell
from the east is usually accomplished via Great Dodd or Stybarrow Dodd,
rather than by climbing direct out of Deepdale.
routes near Watson's Dodd