Saturday, 1 July 2000

Middle Dodd

Middle Dodd from its parent fell
Height: 654m (2,146ft)
Prominence: 14m (46ft)
Region: Eastern Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
Red Screes, Middle Dodd, Little Hart Crag & High Hartsop Dodd - 12/01/2014
The cairn that marks the summit
What Wainwright said:

"To the traveller starting the long climb up to Kirkstone Pass from Brothers Water the most striking object is the steep pyramid ahead; it towers high above the road like a gigantic upturned boat, its keel touching the sky, sites sides barnacled and hoary. This pyramid is Middle Dodd."

As with the other two Dodds in this area, Middle Dodd is the termination of a long ridge, this one belonging to Red Screes. Despite this, the fell was given the status of being separate by Alfred Wainwright in his Pictorial Guides. His decision was based on it being "..the most striking object in a fine array of mountain scenery".

The fell is named as the middle one of three Dodds when viewed from Hartsop, the others being (Low) Hartsop Dodd and High Hartsop Dodd. The names refer to the fells position in the valley rather than their height.

The summit of Middle Dodd contains a rocky cairn on a grassy top. Alongside the cairn there is a small trench whos origin is uncertain. The view is surprisingly good given the fells location in the heart of the Hartsop valley.

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