Dodd

Dodd

Northern Lake District

Route: Dodd

Area: Northern Lake District

Date of walk: 25th April 2015

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 5.1 miles

Weather: Mostly overcast

The ospreys have recently returned to the Lake District after spending their winter in Africa and thanks to the Osprey Project it’s possible to have a close insight into the lives of these rare birds. The location of the viewpoints also makes it possible to the climb Dodd, so this was going to be a walk with plenty of interest

On the way to the start I stopped off at Whinlatter visitor centre, where high quality webcams are trained on the nest and by great good fortune I was able to see the male osprey return to the nest with a fish for his mate, and also to see the two eggs which have been laid so far

I then drove over to Dodd Wood and parked near the Old Sawmill Tearoom. The Forestry Commission has done a good job in providing waymarked trails, and I followed the signs to the lower viewpoint and then to the higher one. In both places helpful volunteers are on hand, along with telescopes, and I had good sightings of both the male and female osprey

This would make a good walk in itself but I’d decided to carry on to the top of Dodd, so followed the easy trails to the summit. The views were tremendous – Derwent Water and the North Western Fells in one direction and the Solway Firth and Scotland in the other

I retraced my steps for a short distance and returned to the start along more easy and well waymarked trails

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