Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Car park open 24 hours

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Dodd Wood


How to find us

How to find us
Dodd Wood, Keswick
Sat Nav Postcode: CA124QE
By Car

From Keswick take the A591 towards Bothel. The forest entrance and car park are on the right opposite Mirehouse.

By Public Transport

The nearest rail station is Penrith

By bus: from Easter to October, bus service 73/73A from Keswick calls at Dodd Wood. For more details, see the Stagecoach website

OS Grid Ref
NY 240 275

54.6429164, -3.1869776

Parking and prices

The car park is on a 'Pay on Exit' system.

There is one pay station beside the toilet block.

The car park is open 24 hours


Up to 20 minutes: No charge

First hour: £1.85

Additional time £0.45 per 15 minutes

All day maximum charge: £8.00

Parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders. 

The machines take credit and debit cards (contactless payment is available) or you have up to 48hrs after your visit to pay online at Park with Ease.

If you arrive car-free there is no charge.

Parking Charges

The money you pay for parking helps us to look after the forests. Read how

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Membership - Car parking free

Coaches and minibuses welcome

Additional information

Regular visitors can save money by becoming a Member - Find out more about our membership offer
Number of accessible parking spaces: 2
Card payments accepted
Pay on exit system

Facilities and access

The cafe is open daily, please check their website for opening hours and additional information

Toilet facilities are available in the car park.

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Dodd Wood


For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Assistant dogs welcome
Dogs allowed
Picnic area

Contact details

Landline Number
01768 778469

Discover amazing views of the northern Lake District, fantastic walks and rare wildlife

Dodd Wood is a fantastic place to get some stunning views of the northern Lake District. The network of walking trails will take you deep into the woodland and walk to the top of Dodd Summit for views across the fells.

You may also see red squirrels in the wood throughout the year.

At a glance

We do not allow camping or overnight stays in the forest or any of the car parks in Dodd Wood
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Food and drink

tea and coffee enjoyed at a forest cafe

The Old Sawmill Tearoom

Specialising in homemade Cumbrian cooking and some new treats on the menu this season. The Old Sawmill Tearoom is located next to Dodd Wood car park below Skiddaw.

Things to do

Whether you're a seasoned naturalist or enthusiast amateur it's easy to take part, just start recording wildlife on your next visit...

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Dodd Wood is home to stunning views and offers some fantastic walks.

There are many miles of gravel roads, surfaced paths and tracks to explore. All of our trails start from the car park. 


Nearby forests

Front of Whinlatter visitor centre and information point

Whinlatter is home to stunning views, fantastic walks, exhilarating mountain biking, rare wildlife and adventure play.

Set within the Lake District, a World Heritage Site, Whinlatter has unrivalled views across Bassenthwaite Lake, Derwentwater and Keswick. It is also home to the longest purpose-built mountain bike trails in the Lake District. 

Beech trees

It is enjoyed by walkers, runners, horse riders, schools and nature enthusiasts.

Please note: there is a network of unofficial mountain bike trails at Setmurthy that Forestry England does not endorse.


Cogra Moss is a beautiful enclosed forest surrounding a reservoir which is now used by the Cockermouth Angling Association.

The walk up to the dam is along surfaced tracks. Beyond the dam a number of unsurfaced paths provide you with great access around the reservoir in a loop.

For the more adventurous, the walk up onto the top of Blake Fell is harder but provides fantastic views of the northern lake district fells, Scotland, the Solway Coast and Isle of Man.

Ennerdale lake

Lying on the north western edge of the Lake District National Park, Ennerdale is home to some of England’s most vibrant natural environments and one of the longest running wild land restoration projects in the UK!

Rising abruptly out of the coastal plain of West Cumbria, Ennerdale is one of the most remote of Cumbrian valleys. There is a sense of tranquility, self-will and wildness, a feeling more of Scotland or Scandinavia.

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