Skiddaw - Dodd

For a Forestry Commission plantation the woods around Dodd are surprisingly diverse. A few dense monoculture stands are evident, but much of it is more open than expected with plant and bird life in abundance. Listen out for cuckoos and keep a watchful eye for a fleeting glimpse of a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

The starting point for this walk is The Old Sawmill Tearoom on the A591 out of Keswick heading for the village of Bassenthwaite. The car park here is also the one for the Mirehouse estate and house, and is a pay-and-display.