Quingo Accessible Routes: Dodd Summit Trail – Keswick, Cumbria

Here at Quingo Scooters we know just how great it is to get outdoors and into the countryside, to get some fresh air and appreciate the fantastic scenery! In our new series, we’ll be sharing some accessible routes for you to take on your mobility scooter.


In the heart of the Lake District National Park you’ll find Keswick, a northwest market town. Surrounded by mountains such as Skiddaw, the scenery is something to marvel at. The Cumberland Pencil Museum documents the history of pencils and the Keswick Museum & Art Gallery displays local artefacts. The vast Derwent Water lake is located at the south of the town, where you can enjoy boat tours and the Theatre by the Lake.

Accessible Route

Name: Dodd Summit Trail

Type of route: Circular

Distance: 4.5 miles

Gradient: Minimal

Terrain: Medium

Facilities: Toilets, Café

The Dodd Summit Trail gives fantastic panoramic views, which include those of Derwentwater, Bassenthwaite Lake, the Solway Coast and even the hills of Dumfries and Galloway. This trail passes through wooded slopes, an open hill and spectacular sights.

The walk starts at the car park, and is also the starting point for several other walks through this forest. All walks are described in a leaflet which is available at the Old Sawmill Tea Room.

It’s recommended to first make your way to the lower viewpoint, which is open every day between 10am and 5pm. From this viewpoint you’ll be able to catch some extraordinary views of the ospreys fishing over the lake, as well as the bold red squirrels. Here, there is also information provided by the staff and volunteers, including how to safely make your way to the upper viewpoint.

Half a mile from the lower viewpoint you’ll reach the higher viewpoint, which can be accessed via the forest. It will take around 30 minutes to make your way here, and there is a steady gradient involved. Again staffed by volunteers, this viewpoint too has optics available which give some amazing views of the new nest, which is only 400m away. Due to reasons of nest protection, the upper viewpoint is only open between 10.30am and 4.30pm daily.

High powered telescopes are provided on this walk, but it’s a good idea to bring your own binoculars if you want a better look at the ospreys fishing, sitting, feeding and washing.

If you require any additional information you can contact the Whinlatter Visitor Centre on 01768 77846.

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