Walk Report: Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle

Date: 18th Jul 2009 Location: Dales
Distance: 12.0 miles Weather: Cloudy with rain spells all day
Ascent: 1900 feet Trig Points: 1: TP2795 – Dodd Fell
Time: 4 hrs 50 mins Yorks Top 30: 2: Dodd Fell Hill, Wether Fell
With: Alone Other Info: Free roadside parking in Gayle, no toilets
Summary: Gayle, Pennine Way to Dodd Fell Hill, Road walking to Cam High Road, Drumaldrace, Wether Fell, Fields back to Gayle

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Key to symbols:
= Trig Point     = Summit

I decided it was time to start ticking off a few more Yorkshire Top 30s again, so I picked a route that would bag me a couple, without tackling anything too boggy – it had been raining for a good few days at this point.

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
The footpath through Gayle, along the Pennine Way

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
A very friendly horse – didn’t want me to leave him trapped on the wrong side of the gate from me – he banged the gate for ages with his nose

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
Heading up to the open fellside – an awful lot of standing water in the valley

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
From here I follow the wall for a while

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
The black clouds are gathering and the wind is picking up – not more rain surely – this is bloody July you know!

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
The Pennine Way helps guide me for the early part of the walk

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
At the gate I leave the path and head up and across the open moor – tussocky grass and boggy sections – lovely

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
The remains of Rock Edge Cottage

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
The cairn/shelter thingy on the way up to Dodd Fell

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
Summit of Dodd Fell Hill

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
Thats Wether Fell, with all the cloud over it – where I’m heading next

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
Looking down into Sleddale

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
Wether Fell – my path is just visible to the right, up the walled lane

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
Walled lane up Wether Fell – time to find a sheltered spot out of the wind for some lunch

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
Ominous black clouds on Wether Fell – a bit boggy up here too

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
Waterfall in Blackburn Sike, on the way down to Gayle

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
Following field paths back to Gayle

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
Gayle Mill

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
Waterfalls in Gayle Beck

Dodd Fell Hill from Gayle
Roadside parking in Gayle

lonewalker

Fell-walker, trig-pointer, peak-bagger, Wainwright-er & Pennine Way author, with a passion for long paths, malt whisky, fast cars & Man City

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