Legburthwaite: Stybarrow Dodd, Watson's Dodd, Great Dodd

Posted by Swaledale Outdoor Club on 2009-07-11

Ron and I headed up to Gill Head Farm for our first SOC camp on the Friday afternoon and half-heartedly planned a walk which we didn’t really expect to start as the forecast was for rain.  After a chilly night, Saturday morning was sunny and clear and we soon found that several others were keen to join the walk that I had picked out to make the most of the fells lying reasonably close to the camp site.  A group of 16 of us set off to conquer the Dodds: Stybarrow, Watson’s and Great.  We set off from the car park at Legburthwaite and after a short walk along the road, started our ascent from the hamlet at Stanah.  The first part of the walk was steadily uphill along the side of Stanah Gill.  We paused just below reaching Sticks Pass for a coffee / snack break after which we soon reached the top of the first summit of the day: Stybarrow Dodd.  Dodd is an old name for a rounded grassy hill and, having reached the first one we then enjoyed a pleasant walk along the high level ridge connecting them.  The views are also particularly good from all these summits.

Having reached the summit of Great Dodd Richard helpfully pointed out that we only needed to undertake a minor detour to gain the summit of Clough Head and so “bag” another Wainwright.  At this point the party split for a short while, with some heading off to do this while the rest decided to sunbathe and enjoy the views from Calfhow Pike.

The descent was via a fairly steep grassy slope finishing off with a vague path through waisthigh ferns leading to a copse of larches.  After the wood we crossed a couple of small meadows where Ann helped us to identify various flowers.

The sun shone all day and there was a pleasant breeze - a bonus, considering we had expected rain.  A very enjoyable walk.

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