Walk                 : Great Dodd (2,807 ft), Watsons Dodd (2,584 ft), Clough Head (2,381 ft)

                        Date                 : 8th October 2016

                        Weather           : Sunny, clear skies around 14 °C

                        Route Details    : From High Row, Matterdale

                        Distance           : @ 12 miles return trip

                        Time Taken       : 1 hour 20 mins to first summit (6 hours in total)

                            

                             Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                        Overview

                        With Sue indisposed with a broken fetlock, and Ste having to work on the day, I just had my good self for company on this

                                    12 mile walk around the Matterdale area from near Dockray. The climb to Great Dodd is without any difficulties other than a

                                    half a mile of boggy ground to negotiate over Bruts Moss. The views from the top are spectacular and the ridge routes

                                    to Watson’s Dodd and Clough Head are very clear and easy to follow

                                   

                                   

                                    A 3d view of the walk

 

 

 

 

I took the Kirkstone Pass route from Windermere and en route passed by what are becoming the most

photographed sheep in the world. The Farmer, fed up of having livestock stolen decided to die all his sheep

bright orange. The interest that this generated on news feeds etc was unbelievable, there was even a CNN

(American) film crew covering the story as I stopped to take this shot

 

 

Following the signs for Dockray, the walk starts at a small free car park at High Row just a mile from the village

 

 

At the bottom end of the car park a stile gate gives access to the Old Coach Road that leads past

the Cockley Moor plantation over Matterdale Common

 

 

After about a third of a mile turn right initially at Groove Beck to pick up the footpath to Great Dodd

 

 

The route is clearly sign posted

 

 

An early view of Great Dodd from the start of the path towering over Randerside

 

 

The path crosses some very heavy and boggy ground (see later on)

 

 

The path skirts the right hand side of Randerdale where the route dries out somewhat and the track

to the summit is easy to follow

 

 

Looking back down the path towards  Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell

 

 

Starting the steep pull up to the summit

 

 

Watch out for a series of marker cairns nearer to the summit that swing round to the left. From here

there is a short journey over stony ground

 

 

Looking north over towards Bassenthwaite from near the summit

 

   

 

At the summit shelter cairn of Great Dodd, and it was a very busy place with large numbers of competitors

running the “Lakes in a day” 55 mile challenge starting from Threlkeld and taking in the likes of

Clough Head, Great Dodd, Helvellyn and Dale Head finishing up in Cartmel !!!! – An unbelievable feat of endurance

 

 

Looking over to Western Fells from the summit

 

 

 

These guys and their dog followed up behind me over Bruts Moss, and our four legged friend shows

the depths of the bogs you can potentially fall into !!

 

 

Looking over to Helvellyn from the summit

 

A 360 degree view from the summit of Great Dodd … https://youtu.be/m9-Z7UL1PBU

 

 

Looking over to the Skiddaw range from the summit

 

 

From the summit of Great Dodd the ridge path to Watson’s Dodd swings round to the right

just over three quarters of a mile away

 

 

The summit of Watson’s Dodd

 

 

From Watson’s Dodd I tracked back to Great Dodd to pick up the path to Clough Head

 

 

Following the path to Clough Head

 

 

Looking over to the North Western fells from the path to Clough Head

 

 

Looking towards Blencathra from the summit of Clough Head

 

A 360 degree view from the summit of Clough Head … https://youtu.be/lDKSGWo81hM

 

 

A close up of Blencathra

 

 

The fells around Derwent Water and Keswick

 

 

 

Early evening rays over Thirlmere on the way back down

 

 

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