At the south-west edge of the valley of Matterdale, two long curving ridges rise from the hamlet of Dockray. These spurs, which flank the small valleys of Deepdale and Dowthwaite, contain many subsidiary and satellite summits. The Watermillock Common ridge, which is the southern of the two, forms part of the long spur from Stybarrow Dodd, while to the north the Matterdale Common ridge is connected to Great Dodd. In all, 14 summits are included on this walk, two of which, Swineside Knott and Brown Hills, provide the best views of Ullswater.

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