Across the Dodd's.

Start. Stanah.

Route. Stanah - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Little Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Clough Head - Threlkeld Knotts - Wanthwaite Bank - Wanthwaite - Wanthwaite Bridge - Bridge House - Rake How - Sosgill - Low Bridge End Farm - A591 - Stanah.

Notes. What a difference a day makes, yesterday in driving rain I summited High Hartsop Dodd today the Lakes are basking in sunshine, I'm continuing the Dodd's theme as I stride out across the northern reaches of the Helvellyn massif, Stybarrow, Watson's, Great and Little Dodd's, Calfhow Pike, Clough Head and just for good measure Threlkeld Knotts, seven summits linked by excellent paths, the sun on my back, no bank holiday crowds, a perfect day out.

I parked in Stanah at the entrance to St John's in the Vale, a fingerpost gave directions to Glenridding via Sticks Pass, this was my route, ascending above the waters of Stanah Gill before crossing the lower slopes of Stybarrow Dodd to eventually reach the summit of Sticks Pass. From the cairn on the summit of the pass a good path heads north up the southern slopes of Stybarrow Dodd, I'm now walking the long ridge almost four miles with stunning views in all directions, taking in the summits of Watson's Dodd, Great Dodd, Little Dodd, little Calfhow Pike and Clough Head before making the exciting descent to Threlkeld Knotts. It was time to head for the valley floor descending over Wanthwaite Bank to enter the Hilltop Quarries before reaching the road near Hill Top Farm. South along the road after a hundred yards a footpath on the right lead to the Church of St John via Bridge House, at the top of the hill just before the church a fingerpost directed me to Low Bridge End, I am now heading south above the vale on what was once the main road to Keswick, this bridleway lead me to the A591, the new road to Keswick, followed by a short walk along the grass verge back to the waiting car.

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Ascending Stanah Gill looking to Skiddaw piercing the northern skyline.

Ascend higher and stunning views over Thirlmere tilt into view.

From the sheepfold above Stanah Gill views to the north

In sunlight and shade Watson's Dodd.

On the summit of Sticks Pass looking to the long ridge of High Street.

An obvious path leading to Raise with cloud covering the summit of Helvellyn.

A glimpse of Ullswater across the wide grassy ridges of Hart Side, as seen from the summit of Stybarrow Dodd.

From the summit of Watson's Dodd views to a cloud capped Helvellyn.

The wonderful view to the west, the dark mass of Grasmoor to the right Grisedale Pike and it's lieutenants.

The summit Great Dodd looking south.

I'm now on the summit of Calfhow Pike about to have a brew, with views across Thirlmere to the whale backed summit of Ullscarf.

Skiddaw seen over the grassy slopes of Clough Head.

My route up Clough Head, dark on the horizon Blencathra.

Great Dodd as seen from the ascent of Clough Head.

The summit Clough Head.

Grisedale Pike rising above the Vale of Keswick as seen from Clough Head.

My descent route across the north face of Clough Head.

The summit cairn on Threlkeld Knotts looking back to Clough Head.

Near Bridge House with views across St John's in the Vale.

A distant Helvellyn.

Clough Head seen from the banks of St John's Beck.

On the old Keswick road with views over St John's in the Vale.

A classic view to Blencathra taken from the verge of the A591, almost back to the car.

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