Saturday, 1 July 2000

Watson's Dodd

Watson's Dodd on the main Helvellyn ridge
Height: 789m (2,589ft)
Prominence: 11m (36ft)
Region: Eastern Fells
Classifications: Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Small cairn
Times climbed: 2
Related trip reports:
Hart Side, The Dodds & Clough Head - 29/10/2017
Clough Head & The Dodds - 04/10/2014
Watson's Dodd's summit and view
What Wainwright said:

"A separate fell it is undoubtedly, with boundaries unusually sharply defined and, though it conforms to all mountain structure on three sides, it has no eastern flanks at all: the slope heading east is bisected by a stream that clearly divides Great Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd".

Watson's Dodd is a minor rise on the main ridge of the Helvellyn range, but a prominent shoulder on the west side of that range. The highest point on Watson's Dodd has a prominence of only 11 m above the slight depression separating it from Stybarrow Dodd.

Standing at the top of the Vale of St John's, the nearly vertical Castle Rock juts out from the hillside with rock faces on three sides. The castle-like profile is made still more picturesque by a garland of mixed woodland around the lower slopes.

The view from the summit gives a panoramic view from Blencathra and Skiddaw in the north, round to the Coniston group in the south.

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