Starling Dodd

Starling Dodd

Western Lake District

Route: Great Borne and Starling Dodd

Area: Western Lake District

Date of walk: 2nd July 2013

Walkers: Andrew Gilly and James

Distance: 7.9 miles

Ascent: 2,200 feet

We set off with low expectations of the weather conditions, so were not surprised to be accompanied by grey skies and plenty of drizzle along the way – but at least the predicted rain held back and the cloud base was above these two fells

We parked at Bowness Knott and walked back along the road for a short distance before turning off to ascend Great Borne via Rake Beck. Higher up this became quite interesting with some mild scrambling and a couple of sections where the path had disappeared into the gully below

Once out of the gully it was easy going to the summit of Great Borne (2,019 feet) and then across and up to Starling Dodd (2,085 feet). It was very windy on the tops and a struggle to stay upright at times

We descended from Starling Dodd back to valley level and along the well made forest track by the side of Ennerdale Water

Despite the dull weather we enjoyed our time time on these remote fells, and rewarded ourselves on the way back with lunch at our favourite pub – the Kirkstile Inn at Loweswater

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