Thursday 26 October 2023

Many dodds

So with the attention turning to Poppy completing Wainwrights, we set off on a longesh walk from the house to get a few more.  The weather forecast was similar to the day before, but it ended up raining for longer and we all got a bit cold and wet.

Difficulty: 6.2
Walkers: Tim, Caroline, Poppy (13), Piper (4)
10:06, 0.0km 0h00 0m, Start (339)
12:17, 7.7km 2h11 564m, Great Dodd (857, Wainwright, Hewitt)
12:43, 9.2km 2h37 587m, Watson's Dodd (789, Wainwright)
13:09, 10.8km 3h03 662m, Stybarrow Dodd (843, Wainwright, Hewitt)
13:31, 12.0km 3h24 696m, Green Side (White Stones-Green Side) (795, Hewitt)
13:50, 13.3km 3h44 722m, Hart Side (756, Wainwright)
16:58, 21.2km 6h52 802m, End (349)

We opted for the anti-clockwise route so that we'd come back through Dockray in the afternoon, perhaps to visit the pub.

It started off with a fairly quick roadway, until we started to climb up on the path running parallel to Groove Beck.

Big sections of Matterdale Common were a little damp underfoot.

And finally to Great Dodd.  We'd long since gone into the cloud, and the rain had set in.

At Watson's Dodd we got a brief view down and it started to brighten up a little, but quickly set back into full cloud and rain again.

Stybarrow Dodd, after we walked passed it and had to turn back up the hill.  Poppy was map reading and this was definately testing her map reading skills.

And onto Green Side, a Hewitt that none of us had been to before.  Clearly not a Wainwright, since the view was terrible.

And finally to Hart Side.  Myself, Caroline and Piper had been there before two years before where it was very windy and very rainy, so this was comparatively glorious.  After dropping down some height the rain stopped, we finally ate some lunch and Poppy put on another layer.

Coming out of the cloud we finally got a view over Ullswater.  We'd walked along this path two years before with no view at all, so this was pretty awesome.

View looking back towards Ullswater and Glenridding Dodd on the right.

Caroline was behind purely as she'd been taking pictures, not because she was walking slowly. After getting through the sheep field into Dockray (with Piper coping pretty well with the sheep) we did make it to the pub for some very well deserved cake and a pint.

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