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



Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm


Cafe 10am - 4.30pm
Cafe 10am - 4.30pm

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

Charges: if you stay for less than 20 minutes, parking is free. Otherwise, the charges below apply. 
Parking charges apply to Blue Badge holders. 

The machines take coins (no change given), credit cards (contactless payment is available) or you have up to 48hrs after your visit to pay online at Park with Ease. The machines are being cleaned regularly, but please try and pay by contactless payment or online to avoid touching them. Please bring hand sanitiser with you to use after you have touched the machines.

Parking charges apply at all times.

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
Up to 1 hour £1.65
Each additional 20 minutes £0.45
All day £7.00

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 for takeaway only 10am - 4.30pm.

Toilet facilities are open.

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.

See the magnificent Bassenthwaite ospreys from the specially designed viewpoints from April to September. The Lake District Osprey Project provides protection for the birds and interpretation for visitors.

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

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

At a glance

  • 4 walking trails
  • Picnic areas - Closed
  • Cafe
  • Toilets
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