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Date & start time: Sunday 14th December 2008. 12.15 pm start.

Location of Event : The Mirehouse Tearoom Car Park, Bassenthwaite , Cumbria, Uk ( NY 235 282 )

Places visited : Mirehouse, long Doors, Dodd, viewpoint for lunch, and back via the front of the fell.

Walk details : 3.5 ml, 1350 ft of ascent, 2 hours 30 mins.

Highest point : Skiddaw's Dodd 1646 ft ( 502m )

Walked with : Myself ( Ann) Jo and John, and the dogs, Jodie, Polly, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Overcast with glimpses of sun and swirling mist. Interesting weather !

Caption . . . Jo at the summit of Dodd


We had decided on Dodd as Jo was travelling home to York today.

The forecast wasn't brilliant and we wanted a cup of tea and seasonal mince pies at the end of the walk !

John, Jo and Jodie at the start of our walk.

We emerged onto the main forest road from the track on the right hand side,

which had climbed steeply through the trees from our parked cars. Jo looks back at Bassenthwaite lake.

We then turned up towards Dodd. This is the first viewpoint bench which overlooks Keswick and Derwent Water.

The mist was clinging to the lakes and the fell tops. Here we are looking towards the North Western fells

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Above the mist


a snow clad Skiddaw Little Man


peeps over the Carlside ridge.


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Clear views from the summit over Bass Lake, Sale fell and Ling Fell (to the left)

and a misty looking Scotland, across the water beyond the sunny Solway Plain.

Jo with the summit memorial on Dodd and a background of swirling mist.

The mist started to clear from below but it still clings to the fell tops.

Sometimes it was difficult to see where the mist ended and the snow began.

The fields below are still showing signs of recent flooding.

Grisedale Pike, where we were yesterday, is the prominent fell in the centre of this photo and still retains it's snow.

Sun on Sale and Ling fells, a colder looking Ullock Pike ridge to our left.

The wet end of Bass Lake.
John contemplates . . . . . .

Blue skies and sunshine as we start our descent.

We make our way to the viewpoint

so we can look down on Roger, working hard in George Fisher's below !

"Is this a good place to eat lunch Jo?"

After a stunning view (and a very pleasant lunch !) we make our way down the sunny side of the fell.

Mid afternoon sunshine on Derwent Water and in the Newlands Valley to end the walk.

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Technical note: Pictures taken with with my Cannon G7 or Ann's Ixus 75 Digital cameras.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . John having two friends to share lunch with ... as he had forgotten his own !

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