Dodd Wood

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Step by step, as you wander further into Dodd Wood, the modern world falls away and you’re welcomed back to nature.

There are adventures for everyone here. The Douglas Fir trail offers a shorter, gentle walk where you’re surrounded by the trees which give the trail its name.

If it’s a longer, slightly more challenging feat you’re after, we highly recommend setting off on the Dodd Summit trail.

The Lake District views

Every step you take along the summit trail, somehow the views just keep getting better.

Glimpses of towering hills rise up and peek over the treeline and occasionally the trees fall away completely, leaving the hills and waterways of the Lake District in full view.

Reaching the summit of Dodd Wood is set to be one of the most memorable experiences of the whole day.

It almost feels like the whole world spans out in front of you. Fields stretch away which gradually grow into hills that rise and fall in the distance.

Turn your head just slightly and the serene waters of Bassenthwaite Lake come into view.

Osprey spotting

The lake is also home to The Lake District Osprey Projects which in 2001 saw the return of ospreys to the area.

If you’re patient, quiet enough and luck is on your side, you may just spot one of the magnificent birds swooping down to the surface of the water to catch their dinner.

A snack before hitting the road

Soon, as your day of adventure begins to come to an end, the smells of nature start to be overtaken by wafts of fresh coffee and baked goods.

The Old Sawmill Tearoom is located in the car park of Dodd Wood where you can treat yourself to some delicious food before heading back home.

With so many trails to explore, we think it won’t be long until you’re parking back up at Dodd Wood and heading out on another adventure. One thing’s for sure: you’ll never get tired of the views.

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