North Pennine Walks
Date: 23rd April 2005
Distance: 4.8 miles
Ascent: 935 feet
Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Start Grid Ref: NY802475
A nice little walk visiting the upper reaches of West Allen Dale and the summit of The Dodd.
Route Summary: Carrshield - The Dodd - Sunnyside - River West Allen - Carrshield
1. The River West Allen
2. Looking north over West Allendale
3. The top of The Dodd
4. Flinty Fell
5. Next to the waterfall on Alston Cleugh
6. Brownley Hill from Alston Cleugh
Walk Detail: The initial views down West Allen Dale were very good, if a little hazy, and after a fairly easy climb from Carrshield we came to a crossroads and signpost where we turned south to head for the top of The Dodd.
It is misleading to really describe it as a summit because the highest point, marked by a rather forlorn cairn, is a rather flattish plateau of heather. In fact if there had been more peat hags and groughs it would have been quite similar to the top of Little Whernside. Dominating the surrounding area was Killhope Law while beyond Flinty Fell I was quite excited to be able to clearly identify Cross Fell and the two Dun Fells.
From the top we headed south before striking east for Sunnyside. Just before reaching the latter though we came to Allen Cleugh and an attractive waterfall. It was one of those pleasant spots which you kind of stumble across on walks and this is where we stopped for a short break and a snack.
From there we walked past a number of old mine workings before following the road back to Carrshield for a mile or so. Along the way we passed the unusual sight of a house with its very own wind turbine. This was my first 2000fter in the North Pennines and while it may prove to be the least impressive it was still a nice enough walk and I was certainly left with a good impression of the stark beauty of these North Pennine dales.