At A Glance

Distance: 12.8 miles
Ascent: 967 metres
Duration: 6-8 hours
Group Ratio: 1:10
Price: £35.00 per person

Why choose this walk?

  • A new challenging walk every year
  • Discover a new area of the Lake District
  • Great way to tick off more Wainwrights
  • These are some of our favourite routes
  • More obscure routes and walks you may not normally do
  • Fully guided so you can relax and enjoy the experience
  • Fantastic group atmosphere with like-minded walkers

Why choose Mountain Walks?

  • We specialise in small group guided walks
  • All walks are led by experienced and knowledgeable leaders
  • We make sure you have an unforgettable experience
  • Great communication from booking to the day of the walk
  • Friendly, relaxed and fun mountain walking experiences

Book Walk of the Year – The Dodds

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Event Description

The Dodds are three summits (Great Dodd, Watson’s Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd) north of Helvellyn. Of course, this is Mountain Walks, and three summits is never enough!, so this walk will also include Clough Head, Raise and Hart Side, tallying up to six summits (Wainwrights).

Starting near the village of Dockray, close to Ullswater and Aira Force, the route begins on the ‘Old Coach Road’ which crosses Threlkeld Common before a steep climb up to Clough Head. From Clough Head the rest of the walk is along the vast and broad ridge which gives you a real sense of airiness and remoteness, tackling each of the ‘lumpy’ summits. From Raise we turn back and make our way down via Hart Side which is one of the more remote and less-visited of the Wainwright summits.

The 6 summits are:

  • Clough Head – 726 metres
  • Great Dodd – 857 metres
  • Watson’s Dodd – 789 metres
  • Stybarrow Dodd – 843 metres
  • Raise – 883 metres
  • Hart Side – 756 metres


So why this walk? This is an area we love to explore and one of our favourite circuits. It’s one of the ‘bigger peak’ areas of the Lakes which is less busy and where you can really escape and enjoy vast open spaces and a sense of remoteness. The views are also some of the best with sweeping panoramas over Ullswater, Helvellyn, Blencathra, Derwent Water…and one of the best views of the Scafell and Bow Fell area. The walking is superb, with vast grassy ridges, big rounded summits and long sweeping ascents. We think you will love this walk as much as we do.

Dates and times:

All walks start at 9.00am (8.45am meeting time).

  • Sunday 18th July 2021
  • Sunday 15th August 2021
  • Saturday 11th September 2021


What is the walk of the year?

Every year we will be leading a special ‘one-off’ walk that explores a different part of the Lake District. The walk will be different each year so there is always going to be something new to look forward to. The routes will be some of our favourites, often the less travelled and more obscure areas, and a way for you to tick off even more Lakeland summits and discover new places you may not normally go.

Where does it start?

This walk starts near the village of Dockray which is a short drive from Ullswater and Aira Force. The exact meeting point is about 1-mile from Dockray at a place called ‘High Row’. Full meeting instructions which will include maps and parking information will be emailed to you after booking.

Is it for me? 

The walk requires a good level of fitness and you will need to be able to walk for up to 8-hours over challenging mountain terrain and tackle the 1000m of ascent. We highly recommend training for this walk and ensuring you are prepared for a long multi-peak day in the mountains.

How to book a place on the guided walk

You can book your guided walk anytime through the website.

  • Decide which date you would like to attend
  • Use the booking calendar above to select your date and click ‘book now’
  • You pay a 35% deposit to book your place
  • We email you with all the walk information including kit lists, timings, parking and training plans
  • What our clients say...

    Mountain Walks are a highly skilled, professional & great fun company to hike with. I have done a number of their walks now & feel completely confident in their expert knowledge & skill level. Always an exciting day / evening out – delivers by the bucket load!

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