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Clough Head

Clough Head



Grid Reference: NY 33393 22541
Height: 726 metres/2382 feet

"Clough Head is an interesting fell, not only for walkers and explorers but for the ornithologist and botanist, the geologist and antiquarian also; while the merely curious traveller may content himself by puzzling out why and for what purpose Fisher's wife trod so persistently that remarkable path to Jim's Fold."
A.W Wainwright

The northernmost end of the Helvellyn ridge, after crossing the broad grassy ridge of Stybarrow Dodd, Watson's Dodd and Great Dodd descends over the lesser summit of Clough Head before dropping steeply down to the River Glenderamackin and Threlkeld. Although not as impressive as Blencathra to the north Clough Head is an imposing sight from Threlkeld and the A66 between Keswick and Penrith.

The grassy and damp eastern slopes above Dockray are in stark contrast to the western flanks where steep rocky crags and gullies drop to St John's In The Vale, this flank gives the most interesting ascents, including the paths over Threlkeld Knotts and Fisher's Wife's Rake, the fine intricate path that climbs between the crags to the easier slopes above.

 

 

  1. On Stybarrow Dodd

    The Dodds and Clough Head: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long walk but easy underfoot, glorious views of northern Lakeland, especially of Blencathra

    Distance: 18km / 11 miles
    Ascent: 920m / 3000ft
    Duration: 7 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  2. Looking back to Helvellyn from the ridge towards White Side

    The Helvellyn Ridge Walk: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    A long linear walk taking in all the summits along the main Helvellyn ridge north of Grasmere

    Distance: 20km / 12 miles
    Ascent: 1330m / 4390ft
    Duration: 8 hours
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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  3. Wastwater, a welcome sight at the end of day 3

    The Bob Graham 5 Day Challenge: Private Guiding

    Difficulty:
    Exposure:

    The infamous 42 peak circuit of the Lakes, we cover the route over 5 days

    Distance: 115km / 72 miles
    Ascent: 8200m / 27000ft
    Duration: 5 days
    Maximum Group Ratio: 10:1
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