We were on the road early and by 9:00 we found ourselves sitting down for a full English breakfast in Keswick...very nice too.
Back in the car for the short drive beside Bassenthwaite Lake with eyes peeled for the Ospreys which nest in Dodd Wood (more on the Ospreys to follow), a few minutes later the car was parked and we were on our way over lovely pastures to pick up the ridge for Ullock Pike.
|Ullock Pike and the ridge.|
|Looking back towards distant Binsey|
|Ullock Pike from Longside Edge|
The views all around were superb and we spent quite some time wandering around on the top picking out hills that we recognised. The Scafells, Helvellyn and Skidaw were all in view
|Snap happy on Carl Side|
AW dedicated 14 pages in his Pictorial Guides to this fell and it appears that it has changed considerably since the book was written. Today the upper part of the fell has been stripped bare the pine trees which completely enveloped it back in AW's day. What is left behind is a mess of fallen trees and tree stumps and an ugly road which more or less goes to the top of the fell..
What it lacks in height and beauty though, it more than makes up for by providing a superb vantage point of Derwent Water, Bassenthwaite lake and the surrounding fells.
|Derwent Water and memorial stone on Dodd|
|Jumble of fallen trees on the descent|
Lake District Osprey Project
The walk back to the car was pleasant enough through the forest and completed a lovely day out in the Lakes.