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About Summiteer

~Clough Head~

A featured fell is my way of studying each fell in turn and recording thoughts and observations.

Sadly, first impressions can leave a lasting unpleasant memory and Clough Head is, perhaps, unlucky to have welcomed me just the once and I did not get excited by what I saw. I'm sure it's better than that.

Clough Head

Clough Head Summit

Clough Head is the most northerly of the Eastern "ridge" which includes Fairfield and Helvellyn.

Clough Head

Clough Head from Threlkeld

On my one visit, I caught a bus to Threlkeld and walked back to Glenridding, climbing Clough Head by Fisher's Wife's Rake; AW "The adventurous scrambler will enjoy Fisher's Wife's Rake but the climb is very steep." Indeed it is.

Clough Head

Fisher's Wife's Rake

From the top of the rake, it's a dull trudge to the summit. Sunshine always improves the fellwalking experience, these photos tell a little story in themselves.

Clough Head

The View from Clough Head

The chapter in Wainwright's Book One has one of those self-portraits. How many are there in total? Another I remember is on Harter Fell, looking at Haweswater.

Where: Eastern Fells. A northern, eastern fell.

Height: 2381ft

Suggested Route: From Wanthwaite, as per Wainwright Clough Head 5, using Fisher's Wife's Rake - not for pushchairs.

My Frequency: Once.

Whilst You're There: Great Dodd is the next fell in a southerly direction.

Someone Else's View: John Paterson's photo collection on Picasa. John lives at the foot of Clough Head in St.John's in the Vale. His walk of 12th Sept 2010, inspired me to feature this fell today (13th Sept 10) as I think he shows CH in a better light than I did on my "Dull Day on the Dodds" walk, see below.

Walk Dates: with links to Reports (on this website) where applicable:


All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2010 ©

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