Dodd Wood – Keswick

Location : Bassenthwaite / Keswick  –  Grid Ref: NY 246272

Photo by Ann Bowker

Dodd Wood is leased from the Mirehouse Estate, and is on the East shore of Bassenthwaite Lake. Now managed by the Forestry Commission, the forest was created by Thomas Storey of Mirehouse in 1790. Some of the magnificent old trees can still be seen surrounding the car park.

The Dodd in sunshine against the dark slopes of Longside Edge. Photo by Ann Bowker

The Osprey viewing area is in centre of the picture, about halfway up Dodd.

Path through the oldest part of the forest. Photo by Ann Bowker

The car park is the starting point for several walks through the forest, described in a leaflet available from the Old Sawmill Tea Room. These range from short walks suitable for all, to a more ambitious walk to the summit of Dodd, from where spectacular views over Bassenthwaite and Derwent Water are laid out like a picture postcard. From here you can see 40 major peaks, the Solway Firth and the magnificent mountains of Galloway in a view covering some 500 square miles.

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