Clough Head summit

The summit of Clough Head.

Height: 2381 feet above sea level

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbedFirst visit: 7th February 2012 (walk 51). Second visit: 16th March 2020 (walk 176).

Clough Head from Great Dodd

Clough Head from Great Dodd

Bagged as numberFirst round: 159 of 330. [ << Great Dodd (158)  (160) Graystones >> ]

Second round: 241 of 330. [ << Green Quarter Fell (239-240)  (242) Great Dodd >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached along the ridge from Great Dodd, via Calfhow Pike. Descended down to Hause Well on the old coach-road, and, eventually, to Threlkeld.

Second visit: Reversed this, more or less, although I did take a more direct route up from the coach road, via a path starting from Clough Fold.

Clough Head in snow

Clough Head as seen from the A66 (a regular sight on the way to Keswick).

What Mr Wainwright says(from page 1 of his chapter): “From Kirkstone Pass the massive main ridge of the Fairfield and Helvellyn fells runs north, mile after mile, throughout maintaining a consistently high and a remarkably uniform altitude, and with a dozen distinct summits over 2500’. At its northern extremity the ground falls away swiftly to the deep valley of the Glenderamackin, and the last outpost of the ridge, although not so elevated as the summits to the south, occupies a commanding site: this is Clough Head.”

Clough Head

Clough Head, from Bleaberry Fell

What I say: Clough Head is a prominent object in Lakeland due to its position overlooking the main A66: anyone coming in from Penrith via car or bus is going to be very familiar with it. Unlike its near neighbours, it has some impressive crags, visible on this shot from Bleaberry Fell. But to come up this side is a trial, and to come down it, impossible, so I imagine that the majority of walkers (as I have) become familiar only with its grassier, smoother parts. This is a shame, as the fell also has a very good view from the summit. Worth a visit, but note there is no direct nor easy descent to Threlkeld that avoids about a mile and a half of road walking.

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2 Responses to “Clough Head”

  1. […] a second chance pass up. And it was well worth it. Two fells bagged on walk 51: Great Dodd and Clough Head, in conditions that were snowy but otherwise quite pleasant. All my walks now seem to result in […]

  2. […] happened yesterday. This took me up the three northernrnost summits of the Eastern Fells, namely Clough Head, Great Dodd and Watson’s Dodd. It was a walk with fine views, but done into a bitter wind […]

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