In the Lakes: Stybarrow Dodd, Watson’s Dodd, Great Dodd, Clough Head and Hart Side

This Lake District holiday saw us tackle some of our remaining Wainwright fells.

After grabbing one when we reached Grasmere (Stone Arthur), our first proper day was a hike from Stanah which took about ten hours, with several stops for admiring the view, sustenance and (in my case) resting. We walked from Thirlmere however, there is parking at Stanah village hall with an honesty box for donations.  


The climb to Stybarrow Dodd took us past a very impressive sheep fold with views of Skiddaw in the distance. We walked to Sticks Pass (so called because it used to be marked with wooden posts but now comprises a few boulders) and up to the rather flat summit.

It was overcast but dry and a fairly level ridge walk took us along to Watson’s Dodd to give me my 100th Wainwright. However, I didn’t realise this until the end of the day!

After Watson’s, we parted company with Mr JH diverting off towards Clough Head to bag Wainwright number 194. Heading off on the wide clear path, I completed Great Dodd on my own. I messaged my daughter to tell her of my solo effort, to which she replied I wasn’t to talk to any strangers. Chance would have been a fine thing, hence the selfie! As I approached, I felt confident I had reached the top but this turned out to be a shelter with the summit cairn a little further on.

Meanwhile, Mr JH had completed Clough Head and was ready to attack Hart Side on the way back. The weather was holding firm; a little sunshine would have significantly enhanced the photographs but at least we didn’t get wet. After completing the final climb of the day, we wended our weary way back to Thirlmere via Stanah for a well-earned meal!

About Julie Haiselden

Between 1999-2019, I worked in the NHS and am now a Church of England verger and National Trust room guide. I've written three published novels and am an amateur blogger. As well as being a school alumna, I occasionally tread the boards. I enjoy rambling and taking photos. Since 2016, I've been part of the reviewing team at Whispering Stories.
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2 Responses to In the Lakes: Stybarrow Dodd, Watson’s Dodd, Great Dodd, Clough Head and Hart Side

  1. lydiaschoch says:

    This looks like it was a wonderful walk. Thanks for telling us about it.

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