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Dodd Wood is located 3 miles north of Keswick on the A591. Whinlatter Visitor Centre is located west of Braithwaite on the B5292.

The Dodd viewpoint offers magnificent views over Bassenthwaite Lake, a favoured fishing area for the Ospreys and there is a clear direct view of the nest from a safe distance. It is situated about 3 miles north of Keswick off the A591 - follow signposts to the Mirehouse from the A66. The viewpoint is 10 minutes walk uphill from the Mirehouse car park.

We would ask visitors not to try and view the Ospreys from laybys on the A66 due to road safety concerns, the shore of Bassenthwaite Lake which is a sensitive area for conservation and is designated a National Nature Reserve or to approach the nest.

Dodd Wood Car park is served by a good bus service from Keswick and Workington directions. Buses are X4, 555 and 73 (from 21 July to 3 September annually).


Car parking is available at the Café and costs £1.50 per car for the day. No coach parking available - please disembark passengers on main road and park offsite.

Car parking is available at Whinlatter Visitor Centre and costs £2.00 for 4 hours or £3.00 for over 4 hours. An annual car park pass is available for £10.00 which covers parking at Whinlatter, Grizedale and Dodd. At Dodd Wood car parking costs £2 per car.

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