The Dodds: Helvel­lyn’s other half

Trail (UK) - - Lake District -

NY318189 From 1 Keswick the 555 bus stops at Stanah. For cars there are a few places for park­ing at Stanah, if these are full there is a car park 600m up the road at Leg­burth­waite (on the route). Take the bri­dle­way east from Stanah and fol­low it across the aque­duct, then cross over the foot­bridge onto the south side of Stanah Gill. Con­tinue along the bri­dle­way as it climbs along­side Stanah Gill then swings south-east across a broad spur. The route then bears back to the east and climbs di­rectly to the top of the pass.

NY341181 The 2 col at Sticks Pass is broad and fea­ture­less so if it’s misty it’s def­i­nitely worth tak­ing a bear­ing! A mod­er­ately steep path climbs north from the pass, fol­low it on to Sty­bar­row Dodd’s sum­mit shoul­der then head north-east to the rounded grassy sum­mit marked by a cairn. Next comes Wat­son’s Dodd. De­scend north-west then make an easy as­cent over pleas­ant grass to the sum­mit cairn. Wat­son’s Dodd gives mag­nif­i­cent views both west and north out over St John’s in the Vale. Once you’ve fin­ished with the views, head north-east with more pleas­ant walk­ing lead­ing up an easy climb to the sum­mit of Great Dodd. Great Dodd is the high­est of the ‘Dodds’ and com­mands su­perb views north and east over the qui­eter eastern fells to­wards the Pen­nines.

NY341205 The next 3 sec­tion is a long easy de­scent around the head of Rowantree Beck to the sum­mit knoll of Calfhow Pike. Fol­low the path that heads west then north-west to the sum­mit rocks. From Calfhow Pike make the brief de­scent to the broad col to the north. From the col the last climb of the day leads north-east to the sum­mit of Clough Head.

NY333225 Clough 4 Head is poised at the edge of Red Screes, a tall es­carp­ment that falls away to the north-west. From here you get un­re­stricted views of both Blen­cathra and Skid­daw. If you want to short cut the walk, there is a zig-zag path that heads west then north-east down the edge of Red Screes, how­ever the broad ridge that leads north-east of­fers a gen­tler de­scent, more in keep­ing with the rest of the route. It heads north-east and is fol­lowed di­rectly un­til it in­ter­sects the Old Coach Road at Hausewell Brow. NY339235 The Old 5 Coach Road fol­lows a well-graded course and used to see horse drawn car­riages and pack­horses be­tween Keswick and Dock­ray. Al­though no longer in use, its sur­face is still in good or­der and it of­fers easy walk­ing off the fell. Fol­low it west as it grad­u­ally de­scends to the road in St John’s in the Vale. Turn left onto the road and fol­low it south all the way back to Stanah.

Dawn light on Sty­bar­row Dodd and Helvel­lyn, taken from Great Dodd.

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