Clough Head summit

Clough Head summit, Blencathra behind.

Height: 2381 feet above sea level

Volume: Book 1 (The Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: 7th February 2012 (walk 51)

Clough Head from Great Dodd

Clough Head from Great Dodd

Bagged as number:  156 of 330. [ << Great Dodd (155)  (157) Graystones >> ]

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

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: I had got a very good view of Clough Head from an earlier walk, as pictured here (from Bleaberry Fell, walk 41, July 2011) and as you can see it’s got some decent crags. But I ended up approaching from the back, and leaving round the side, so did not see these when I bagged it – it was too snowy to risk the tougher ascents/descents on that side. Never mind – maybe next time.

I thought the fell OK anyway, with a very good view from the summit and a descent that would probably be fairly straightforward in normal conditions, though I had to use my ice axe to safely negotiate the snowy north-east slope.

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One Response 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 […]

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