Clough Head

Details
Grid Ref NY 334 225
Height 2,381 ft

The gentler grassy slopes of Clough Head's eastern side exhibit no resemblance to the imposing, perhaps off putting western flank that motorists see as they glance across from the busy A66. If your first ascent of Clough Head is from its western side, what you find when you get up here is not what you expect at all, , unless you've already seen some photos on here of course. Two other good examples of fells which have contrasting sides like this are Illgill Head and Arthur's Pike.

Sticking with an east west split, I should point out that despite appearances, there are actually a few routes up the western face. The most exhilarating of them being the Fishers Wife's Rake route, which I have walked but haven't detailed on here (yet). The life preserving thing to do on this side of the fell is to stick to the paths !!
There may be a notable lack of paths on the eastern side, but for those of us with a liking for walking off path, this is somewhere you can simply strike out in any direction you wish. The foremost hazard on this side of the fell is that you'll more than likely end up with wet feet.

 
Location maps
 
 

Route suggestions

Route suggestion: Wanthwaite - Hilltop Quarries - Wanthwaite Bank - Red Screes
1.7 mile / approx 1800 ft ascent
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As daunting as this section of fellside may look from a distance, the path through Red Screes is surprisingly trouble free and not too difficult at all. I've been both up and down this route in winter condition of snow and ice (with crampons) and I'm not the thrill seeking type who throws caution to the wind. So, in good dry conditions this is a route that most moderately experienced fell walkers could manage with a bit of care and common sense.

The more or less pathless area below the summit always feels more tiring than you expect it to be.


 

Route suggestion: Wanthwaite - Old Coach Road (Hausewell Brow) - White Pike - Clough Head
2.7 mile / approx 1900 ft ascent
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Those who prefer a longer and more relaxed walk might want to opt for this route as opposed to something more direct. A nice bonus with this route is an opportunity to walk along a short section of the Old Coach Road. I think it's a bonus anyway.
A slight de-tour to the top of White Pike is worth the small amount of effort needed.

Photo gallery

Clough Head seen from High Rigg summit
 

Clough Head from Castlerigg Stone Circle
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

Clough Head seen from Calfhow Pike
 

 
 

 
 

Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 14

13th March 2016
  Stybarrow Dodd to High Rigg from the bottom of Sticks Pass 12 mile somewhere about 3800 ft
Stanah - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Clough Head - White Pike - the Old Coach Road - Wanthwaite - Wanthwaite Bridge - Yew Tree Farm - St John's in the Vale Church - High Rigg - High Rigg Tarn - Long Band - road back to Stanah
 

27th September 2014
  High Row, Deepdale and the Dodds to Clough Head 11.1 mile 2500 ft
High Row - Dowthwaitehead - Deepdale - Middle Tongue - Stybarrow Dodd - Watsons Dodd - Great Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Clough Head - White Pike - Old Coach Road - High Row
 

5th October 2013
  Nethermost Pike to Clough Head 13.4 mile 4400 ft
Wythburn Church - Birkside - Nethermost Pike - Swallow Scarth - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Sticks Pass (top of) - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Clough Head - Old Coach Road - Wanthwaite
 

6th October 2012
  Fisher's Wife's Rake, Clough Head, The Dodds and St John's in the vale 11.5 mile 3500 ft
Wanthwaite - Hilltop Quarries - Fisher's Wife's Rake - Clough Head - Calfhow Pike - Great Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Stybarrow Dodd - Sticks Pass - Stanah - Low Bridge End Farm - St John's in the Vale - Wanthwaite
 

26th September 2010
  Sticks Pass, the Dodds and Clough Head 8.3 mile 2800 ft
Legburthwaite - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Clough Head - Old Coach Road (Hausewell Brow) - Wanthwaite
 

28th November 2009
  A snowy walk across Clough Head and the Dodds 7.5 mile 2920 ft
Wanthwaite - Wanthwaite Bank - Clough Head - Calfhow Pike - Clough Head - Watson's Dodd - Stybarrow Dodd - Sticks Pass - Stanah
 

28th September 2008
  Fisher's Wife's Rake and the Dodds 7.4 mile 2950 ft
Wanthwaite - Hilltop Quarries - Fisher's Wife's Rake - Jim's Fold - Clough Head - Calfhow Pike - Great Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Stybarrow Dodd - Sticks Pass - Stanah
 

5th May 2008
  Great Dodd, Clough Head and half a dozen sheepfolds 9.7 mile 2475 ft
High Row - Groovebeck Fold - Randerside - Great Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Jim's Fold - Clough Head - Rowantree Fold - Wolfcrag Fold - Mart Fold - Old Coach Road - Barbaryrigg Fold - High Row
 

24th March 2008
  Helvellyn to Clough Head in the snow 10.7 mile 4100 ft
Swirls - Browncove Crags Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise Sticks Pass (top of) - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Clough Head - Threlkeld Knotts - Wanthwaite (St John's in the Vale)
 

13th October 2007
  Raising a glass on Raise for Jo's 214 8.9 mile 3450 ft
Wanthwaite - Nr Threlkeld Knotts - Clough Head - Calfhow Pike - Great Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Stybarrow Dodd - Sticks Pass - Raise - Ski Tow - Sticks Pass - Stanah
 

24th March 2006
  Spring is in the air on a walk across the Dodds from Dockray 12.5 mile 2900 ft
Dockray - Brown Hills - Birkett Fell - Hart Side - White Stones - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Clough Head - White Pike - Old Coach Road - High Row - Dockray
 

26th February 2006
  Dunmail Raise to Wanthwaite along the full Helvellyn ridge. 11.7 mile 4301 ft
Dunmail Raise - Willie Wife Moor - Dollywagon Pike - Nethermost Pike - Helvellyn - Helvellyn Lower Man - White Side - Raise - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Clough Head - Old Coach Road - Wanthwaite
 

24th April 2005
  Clough Head and The Dodds. 7.6 mile 3163 ft
St John's in the Vale - Clough Head - Calfhow Pike - Great Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Stybarrow Dodd - Sticks Pass - Stanah
 

21st February 2004
  Sticks Pass, the Dodds and a walk through St John's in the Vale 10.8 mile 2179 ft
Stanah - Sticks Pass - Stybarrow Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Great Dodd - Calfhow Pike - Clough Head - White Pike - Old Coach Road - Wanthwaite Bridge - St John's in the Vale - Sosgill Bridge - Legburthwaite
 



David Hall -
Lake District Walks