Saturday, 1 July 2000

Stybarrow Dodd

Stybarrow Dodd (centre)
Height: 843m (2,766ft)
Prominence: 68m (223ft)
Region: Eastern Fells
Classifications: Hewitt, Nuttall, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
Clough Head & The Dodds - 04/10/2014
Summit cairn amidst an ocean of grass
What Wainwright said:

"Stybarrow Dodd is the first of the group of fells north of the Sticks Pass and it sets the pattern for them all: sweeping grassy slopes, easy walking for the traveller who likes to count his miles but rather wearisome for those who prefer to see rock in the landscape".

Stybarrow Dodd, meaning "the hill of the steep path", stands immediately north of Sticks Pass on the main ridge of the Helvellyn range. Sticks Pass, to the south of Stybarrow Dodd, crosses the Helvellyn ridge at a height of about 745 m, the highest pass in the Lake District crossed by a bridleway. Now used only by fellwalkers, it once provided a regular connection between the communities on either side of the Helvellyn range.

There is a short grassy summit ridge with a separate top and a small cairn at each end. The path lead to the south-western top but the highest point is 300 m to the north-east.

Although the north-east top gives an extensive all-round panorama of Lakeland fells, the gentle rounded top of the fell occupies all the foreground.

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