Wednesday 17th August 2011
Start point: Wanthwaite (NY 316
Wanthwaite - Fisher's
Wife's Rake - Jim's Fold -
- Red Screes -
Distance: 3.5 miles
Total Ascent: 601 metres
Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes
Start Time: 12:25
Weather: Sunny and warm. 15oC
It was a dogless walk today as I took the
opportunity to get up to Clough Head in sunny weather with Robin. We
ascended by the steep Fisher's Wife's Rake and descended by the even
steeper Red Screes north face of Clough Head. Looking around, there were
a few fells that were in and out of cloud and I think we caught best
part of the day as well.
First view of Skiddaw and Lonscale Fell from the Old
There were some big clouds to the south, here looking
into St. John's in the Vale.
Following the wall to Fisher's Wife's Rake beneath
Skiddaw and Blencathra from the foot of Fisher's
Climbing the rake.
The key to finding the rake is the single Rowan tree
at the bottom of these crags.
The view down Fisher's Wife's Rake - it's a steep
climb but not as bad as it looks on this photo as the path crosses from
right to left across this scree run.
A panoramic view from the rake.
The view from the top of the rake.
Skiddaw and Blencathra.
High Rigg and layers of fells beyond.
Standing on the edge.
That's one way to get down quick!
Thirlmere across Sandbed Gill with the distant
Scafells in cloud.
Skiddaw from Clough Head, back in sunshine now.
A mono view of the Vale of Keswick.
Robin does a Wainwright (Clough Head 7).
The Skiddaw massif.
Great Mell Fell.
A glimpse of Derwent Water and Bassenthwaite Lake,
Tewet Tarn in the centre.
At the top of the steep descent.
Looking back, it seems almost impossible to descend
the north face of Clough Head but we came straight down the centre in
Threlkeld Knotts summit.
Hall's Fell Ridge.
The more substantial cairn further north of Threlkeld
Much later, on the way home...
...a beautiful sunset over Windermere.
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