28th September 2008

Fisher's Wife's Rake and the Dodds


Walk Overview
Time 09.25 to 14.25
Duration 5 hr
Distance 7.4 mile
Ascent 2950 ft
Walking with Jennifer and Andrew & Anne Leaney
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
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Wanthwaite, St John's in the Vale

Because of the closeness to peoples houses, I'm never sure whether or not to park at the junction with the Old Coach Road or not, so I generally try to park a little further along the road just past the turn off to Wanthwaite Bridge. Which ever option you go for there isn't much room. I should point out that the second option I've described is along the edge of a very busy main road.


Route Map

Looking across to the Skiddaw Fells from the route through Hilltop Quarries.
Notice the cloud hanging in the valley between Latrigg and Skiddaw. Anyone lucky enough to have had an early start on the skiddaw fells would have been in for a real treat this morning. As we drove around from the Cockermouth direction the whole valley was shrouded in thick cloud.

Our wife's heading to Fisher's Wife's Rake.


Zig-zagging our way up between the rocks and crags.

And looking back down.

The top section of Fisher's Wife's Rake.

Well, that's the steepest part of the walk over, but oddly enough now it becomes really hard. Despite already ascending to over 1600ft, we still had a good 700ft of off path walking through thick grassy fellside to complete before we reached the summit of Clough Head.

On route to Clough Head we passed Jim's Fold.

What a lovely day.

Thirlmere in front of a section of the central ridge. Some of the fells in the background are, the Coniston fells, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell, Esk Pike and the Scafells.

Clough Head summit with Blencathra behind.

Still on clough Head and now looking around to a fair sized chunk of the Lake District.

Clough Head.

And the views just keep coming, but the cloud is definitely building up out towards the west coast.

Clough Head seen here from Calfhow Pike.
Notice the path between Clough Head and Calfhow Pike; as far as fell walking goes it's almost a perfectly straight line.

Another picture of Thirlmere, this one slightly closer than the other one.

Heading up Great Dodd, and despite it being such a nice day, there was a noticeable drop in temperature as we neared the higher part of the walk.

Clough Head in front of Blencathra.

Great Dodd summit.
There is a decent sized shelter found close by, but despite the shelter having that feeling of being the highest point, the true summit here at this cairn.

Looking back from the path up to Stybarrow Dodd.

Stybarrow Dodd.

Instead of walking down to the top of Sticks Pass we headed straight down Stybarrow Dodd's western ridge to pick up the pass a little lower down.
On route back down to the valley the sky was playing host to a good collection of Para gliders. You'll need to look carefully, but there is actually one in this picture.

That's better.
It's a different one by the way; the camera isn't that good.

Looking down Sticks Pass into Dale Bottom, the Vale of Keswick and Bassenthwaite Lake.

Yes, there's another para glider in this picture. It's just to the left of Stybarrow Dodd.



Walking down the steeper section nearer the bottom of Sticks Pass.

An impressive looking Stanah Gill. A definite possibility for a future route.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks