Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Dodds and Helvellyn

looking back to Calfhow Pike, little nub that can be seen from far away

Our planned route didn't quite go to plan today.  Paul had found an old fell route called something like The Great Western Frontier.  I haven't been able to find any details on it but the basic route is along to Threlkeld from Keswick, up Clough Head and along the Dodds to Helvellyn, drop down, around the back of Thirlmere over Armboth to High Tove, down to Watendlath, down to Rosthwaite, up through the old quarries (Dale Head fell race route) to High Spy and then down over Cat Bells and back to Keswick.  My heel was really sore and it got worse travelling down from Helvellyn so we ran back a bit through the woods and then hopped on the bus back to Keswick.

topping out at Clough Head, Derwent Water visible with Cat Bells behind, our intended final fell

looking over the Dodds towards Helvellyn

climbing up to Raise.  The ski lift can just be seen on the horizon

cloud over Browncove Crags and Thirlmere

Helvellyn summit trig

the way back


  1. Came across your blog in Sharkeysdream Dream. Enjoy reading about the lakes as I miss them living down here in Somerset.
    Will be a regular follower, so keep up the standards!,
    Ian Booth