Dodd - Skiddaw
A Few Facts About Dodd - Skiddaw
Location - Skiddaw Dodd is a small fell in the Northern Fells of the Lake District three miles north-west of Keswick. It forms part of the Skiddaw range and the slopes are heavily wooded. Skiddaw Dodd lies on Forestry Commission land known as Dodd Wood. For many years it was extensively planted with conifers right up to the summit which obstructed the view. However the Commission started a programme of tree clearance from the top of the fell in 2001 and the summit of the fell is now clear.
Wildlife - In recent years Skiddaw Dodd and Dodd Wood have become a magnet for visitors as the area around the southern end of Bassenthwaite Lake is home to the only pair of nesting Ospreys in northern England. An open-air viewing platform was opened on the slopes of Skiddaw Dodd in June 2001 which gives a clear view of the nest from a safe distance. Dodd Wood is one of the diminishing strongholds of the Red Squirrel in Great Britain and the Forestry Commission along with the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs have begun a campaign of protection from the Grey Squirrel.
Summit - The top of the fell is marked by a stone memorial pillar with a brass plaque that says "In memory of John Lole and Ian Sandelands, 1st Seaton Scout Group". The view from the top is excellent for a fell of modest height encompassing the entirety of Bassenthwaite Lake and Derwent Water as well as the high mountains of Scafell Pike, Great Gable and Bowfell 12 miles away to the south. The hills of Dumfries and Galloway are also visible to the north-west.