Saturday, 1 July 2000

Starling Dodd

Starling Dodd
Height: 633m (2,077ft)
Prominence: 73m (239ft)
Region: Western Fells
Classifications: Hewitt, Nuttall, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Two cairns
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
A Tour of Ennerdale - 19/04/2015
The two very different summit cairns
What Wainwright said:

"Starling Dodd is one of those unobtrusive and unassuming fells that are rarely mentioned in literature or in conversation, that never really make an impact on mind or memory, that most visitors know vaguely. Its neat rounded summit surveys exciting landscapes but remains shyly aloof as though aware of its own limited contribution to the scenery".

Starling Dodd is a relatively unfrequented top located between the valleys of Ennerdale and Buttermere. A short climb on grass then leads to the summit, a rounded, but quite shapely grassy dome sitting atop a broad ridge.

The north eastern quarter of the fell takes a direct line into Crummock Water, dropping down the craggy face via Scale Force. This is believed to be the highest single waterfall in the District, dropping around 100 ft down a narrow cleft.

In his concluding notes in the seventh and final volume of the Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells, Wainwright wrote that Starling Dodd was the final fell he climbed during his research for the books. 

The smooth grassy top bears a sizeable cairn, reinforced by many iron posts and fittings salvaged from the Ennerdale Fence. Ennerdale Water is well seen from the summit, with parts of the lakes of Crummock Water and Loweswater also visible.

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