Ullock Pike to Dodd in Snow

Name of walk Ullock Pike to Dodd in Snow
Date of walk 2010-03-04
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Blue skies and snow
Peaks on walk Ullock Pike, Long Side, Carl Side, Dodd

On Tuesday we decided to drive north of Keswick and climb Ullock Pike (2230ft), Long Side Edge (2405ft), Carl Side (2420ft) and Dodd (1646ft). A walk of about 7 miles. We started from the car park at the Sawmill Tearoom at Dodd Wood and walked through the woods gradually gaining height and looking over to Bassenthwaite Lake. I did this walk last year in January and the conditions were much better today.

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Today was blue skies and sunshine!

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Once we gained the ridge it was just a steady climb. Binsey in the distance.

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Skiddaw on the left, Longside Edge and Ullock Pike on the right.

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St. Bega's Church

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It was at this point that Ged and Kas caught us up. We head for Ullock Pike

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The snow was powder and easy walking

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There were some steepish bits where Microspikes were very useful.

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Looking over to Grisedale Pike

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Just when you get to the top of one bit.....there`s another!

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Mist on the Solway Firth

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Brendan and me.

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Skiddaw Little Man now poking out left.

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Kas leads the way to the next rise of Longside Edge.

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Looking back along the ridge.

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Kas sniffs out the summit route

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We skirt the edge of Carlside.

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Kas at the Col. Carlside Tarn is here somewhere!

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The last time I did this I took in Skiddaw too, but the route up is very steep and possibly treacherous in these conditions if you don`t have an ice axe. We followed the path up until it turns steeply up, just to get a photo of the ridge. Looking back to Carlside from the route up Skiddaw.

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Ged approaching the turn. There are two climbers way up on the right.

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The view back to the ridge....... and the route to death if you slip, below! Higher up, where the slope is much steeper, there would also be a danger of the snow slipping and taking you with it. So best avoided!

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Ged and Brendan making there way up Carlside. The route up Skiddaw is quite clear in the photo. The steepness of the last section is also apparent!

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Carlside summit. Skiddaw Little man behind.

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Derwent Water as we head down from Carlside.

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Close up of the Helvellyn range with Latrigg below.

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Skiddaw Little Man from the descent

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We had lunch at High White Stones and then descended to the forest track in order to then go up Dodd which is in the photo below..

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Dodd summit. Heather-covered slopes of Carlside behind, Skiddaw Little man behind that.

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Looking across to Barf and Lord`s Seat.

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Heading back down the forest track.

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The walk took us just under six hours. On the way back we stopped off at Hayes Garden Centre and then at The Low Wood Hotel for a coffee. This meant we could park up and take a walk down to the jetties on Windermere

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A good day with some of the best weather we have had for a while!
Jo.
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