It was a beautiful day in the Lakes today and I regret selecting this day as a *rest day* - meaning no long walks. Unfortunately it would have been one of the best days for it!

 

Date: 22nd November 2013 Ascent (m/ft): 663m (2175ft)
  Start Location: Millbeck Highest Point: Dodd (502m/1647ft)
  Time Started: 10:34 Parking: Layby at Millbeck
  Duration: 2 Hours 22 Minues Weather: Clear and Sunny
  Distance:

7.15km (4.44 Miles)

Difficulty: Easy
Millbeck - Thornthwaite Forest - Dodd (502m/1647ft) - White Stones - Millbeck
 

Beautiful golden brown bracken and Skiddaw Little Man snow-capped.


Autumn colours.

Snow on the fells, here looking to Crag Hill and Grisedale Pike.


The forest track through Dodd Wood.

Dodd just ahead now.

Skiddaw Little Man just peaking over the side of Carl Side.

A hazy view south along Derwent Water, past little Castle Crah to Glaramara. The pointed fell on the left is Pike O'Stickle.

Much clearer view over to the Helvellyn Range.

The pillar on the summit of Dodd. The view is north west to the Solway Firth and Criffel.

The view to Carl Side, a small section of Skiddaw and Skiddaw Little Man on the right.

And another view to the North Western Fells.

About 20 seconds walk west from the summit gives you the best view of Bassenthwaite Lake. It looked totally stunning today as you can see!

Bassenthwaite Lake and St Bega's Church.

A beautiful view to Crag Hill and Grisedale Pike.

A close up of Helvellyn across St Johns in the Vale.

A view back to Dodd as I make my way to White Stones.

Now at White Stones and you can see how much snow has melted since the start of the walk and hour and a half ago.

Starting at the bottom: Catbells, Maiden Moor, High Spy. On the left at the back is Esk Pike, then Great End and over towards the right is Scafell Pike. The distance between Catbells and Scafell Pike is 13km as the crow flies but it doesn't look it from here.

A last view to the many peaks of the North Western Fells. The one that stands out the most is always Grisedale Pike, even though it's not the highest.