We thought best to try out one of these great walks everyone’s been going on about and started with the Glenridding Dodd which rewarded us with some fabulous panoramic views. It was beautiful as we ascended but it began raining heavily on the decent, but we were prepared with waterproofs so only added to the fun! On a glorious day, we would recommend packing a significant picnic with snacks as the walk is of moderate difficulty with plenty of perfect picnic spots along the way.
The Glenridding Dodd walk is a popular hiking route located in the Lake District National Park. We drove from Windemere and the scenes of the mountains on the journey were phenomenal. It took all my strength to keep my eyes on the incredibly winding roads.
Location: The walk starts from the village of Glenridding, which is situated at the southern end of Ullswater, one of the largest lakes in the Lake District.
Distance: The Glenridding Dodd walk is relatively short, with a distance of around 2-3 miles (3-5 kilometres), depending on the exact route taken. We took the yellow route and found it easy to follow using GPS.
Difficulty: The walk is considered to be of moderate difficulty. While it isn’t extremely challenging, there are some steep sections and uneven terrain, so it’s important to have appropriate footwear and be prepared for changes in weather conditions as it rained heavily on our decent and became very slippery and boggy.
Route: The typical route for the Glenridding Dodd walk involves ascending from Glenridding village to the summit of Glenridding Dodd, which is a modest fell (a term for a hill or mountain) that offers fantastic views of Ullswater and the surrounding landscapes.
Views: Despite its relatively low elevation, the summit of Glenridding Dodd offers wonderful panoramic views of Ullswater and the surrounding fells, making it a rewarding hike for its moderate effort.
Access: Glenridding village is accessible by car, and there are also bus services that connect it to other parts of the Lake District.