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Castle Rock, Watson's Dodd, Stybarrow Dodd, Sticks Pass, Cumbria.
[10.6 km] Thu 26 Aug 2021

OS Grid ref: NY 31778 18954
Lat/Long: 54.561088, -03.055122

I arrived at Legburthwaite and left my car on the old abandoned stretch of road under a tree. There were a few other cars already parked. Todayís route is following one I did on 5 Jan 2005. I set off north back along the B5322. I left the road through a small gate and a path heading east up towards Castle Rock.
Crossing the culvert.
Its not shown on any of the maps but is well used. In fact there are no paths shown up the west side of Watsonís Dodd and the only reference to a route is in Wainwright's Easterns Fells book. I came to a concrete water channel which I assume feeds into the nearby Thirlemere. A concrete bridge crosses it then the path winds steeply up though the rocks and trees and by the east side of Castle Rock. This is where all traces of the path vanished. I had nice views looking north across High Rigg to Helvellyn which had an interesting cloud above.
Castle Rock.

 Warning on Castle Rock.

 From Castle Rock to High Rigg & Helvellyn.

 View from an old camp pitch.
I then had a short steep descent through deep ferns, over a fence then started the climb of Watsonís Dodd. The first part was quite steep and I deviated from the 2005 route as I wanted to check out the location of an old camp in 2005. I continued upwards passing occasional rock out crops but still no view of the summit. Then I came to a view of the grassy summit dome with still a long way up to go. I still find it amazing that this route isnít used as there is no sign of a path anywhere.

 Watson's Dodd.
I reached the summit cairn and turned right to head for Stybarrow Dodd along the main path and a less steep ascent. The path doesnít go over the actual summit and then it descends steeply down to the top of Sticks Pass. This is a main crossroads of paths and a young lady was sitting there having sandwiches. I said hello, turned right and started the descent to the west side of Sticks Pass. The path was very eroded and was mostly loose and dry.
Sheepfold on Sticks Pass.
I kept to the grass where I could as I wanted to reduce the risk of slipping. I reached to old stone sheepfold then approaching Stanah Gill the descent became very steep. I was glad to reach the footbridge at the waterfall and a much easier track. At the village hall I check the parking facilities and an honesty box is available with a suggested £2 donation.
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