A Few Dodds, But No Mist

Name of walk A Few Dodds, But No Mist
Date of walk 2008-05-16
Distance walked (miles) 11
Duration of walk 7 hours 30 minutes
Weather overcast
Peaks on walk Raise, Stybarrow Dodd, Watsons Dodd, Great Dodd, Clough Head
Walked with Janet and Jenna Kendall and Poppy and Miffy the dogs.
Parking None...dropped off and picked up.

Today I had another opportunity to do a walk that was not circular. Brendan was off to Carlisle again so he could drop me off and pick me up somewhere else, I chose to re-do the remainder of the Helvellyn range from Raise to Clough Head which I did three weeks ago in mist and includes Raise (2889ft), Stybarrow Dodd (2770ft), Watsons Dodd (2584ft), Great Dodd (2807ft) and Clough Head (2381ft). This time Janet and her daughter Jenna, and Poppy and Miffy the dogs came too. The visibility was quite good today but it was overcast with solid cloud which makes for dull, flat photos.


Poppy having a drink from Stanah Gill from the steep climb up Sticks Pass


View down. Blencathra far right.


Taking a break at the sheep fold. Bassenthwaite Lake now in view.


We turned right and headed up to Raise.


Helvellyn and on the left Catstycam. Whiteside is just out of the picture on the right.


Looking down to Thirlmere. Not very clear out to the west.




We retraced our steps and headed in the direction of Stybarrow Dodd. Look closely on the right horizon and the ski lift on Raise can be seen. The huts on the left are also for the Ski Club.


The Dodd summits are a bit dull, as are the cairns. The weather did little to help increase the interest. This is Stybarrow Dodd with Great Dodd beyond. We had lunch here.



Walking to Watsons Dodd



From Watsons Dodd looking up at the route to Great Dodd.


View back to Watsons Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd from Great Dodd, Helvellyn at the back.


Clough Head summit.


Blencathra, not looking as well defined as last time.


Skiddaw Dodd and Latrigg with Derwent Water in view.


Several paragliders were about. Great Mell Fell behind.



Half-way down the endless Old Coach Road to St. Johns in the Vale. It is very stoney and hard on the feet at the end of a walk, even the dogs tried to keep to the grass verges.

Brendan was to pick us up from the start of the Old Coach Road. We timed our walk well being only 5 minutes behind his arrival.
A very different day weatherwise from Wednesday`s walk, chilly, so coats and gloves were needed. I didn`t need to bring my shorts!