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Dodd Wood and Dodd

You can walk Dodd Wood with other walks from Kestrel Lodge, however if you just want a nice little walk, with—depending on the season—an Osprey Viewing point and a great view from the top then you can drive to Dodd Wood and park there in less than 10 minutes.

To get to Dodd Wood car park simply drive through Bassenthwaite village to the main A591 and turn left as though you were heading back to Keswick. Keep going for about 3 to 4 miles until you see Dodd Wood Car Park on the left hand side. This is a Forestry Commission Pay and Display Car Park, and once you’ve parked up simply walk towards the tea room. There is a public toilet here too. There’s a map here with all the woodland walks and trails and you can easily just wander around the woods to your hearts content but if you’re bagging the summit take the path upwards from the back of the tea room.

This path basically just goes up, to the right of the stream at the beginning so it’s easy to check you’re on the right path. Keep climbing steadily upwards for about a mile, until you come to a clearing. At this clearing you will see a path to the left, this path would take you up and over Carlside and to Skiddaw beyond. This is a steep path up to the top of Carlside and a scree path to the top of Skiddaw, so quite a tough route up.

You can follow the main path around the mountain—it’s a logging road too, so in all honesty it’s really hard to miss it—going down track and back down the other side of the mountain without summiting, you’ll pass the Osprey viewing point, and it’ll wind back around to the tea room. However, you’re not far from the top so if you keep straight and continue upwards you will summit Dodd. Follow the green trail signs, and you really can’t go wrong.

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After summiting simply head back down to the clearing and you can either re-trace your steps down or follow the logging road around the other side of the fell which offers some great views out across Keswick and Derwent Water as well as down Bassenthwaite Lake as you come around. By following the logging road you will pass the Osprey Viewing Point, which is worth stopping at before continuing down to the tea room and car park beyond.

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