The Business Meeting, Clough Head

Start point: Wanthwaite (NY 316 232)

1Wanthwaite – Wanthwaite Bank – Buck Castle – Jim’s Fold – Clough Head Old Coach Road Wanthwaite 

Distance: 4.4 miles     Total Ascent: 595 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:50

Weather: Changeable but dry. 12°C

The Business Meeting? Well today was a bit of that, taking a walk with Clive Hutchby to discuss various things up to Clough Head. There were some good sunny spells but it was really quite cold on the top with a strong breeze blowing.

Clough Head via Fisher’s Wife Rake

Start point: Wanthwaite (NY 316 232)

Wanthwaite – Fisher’s Wife’s Rake – Jim’s Fold – Clough Head – Red Screes – Threlkeld Knotts Wanthwaite 

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.

Clough Head

Start point: Wanthwaite (NY 316 232)

Wanthwaite – Fisher’s Wife’s Rake – Jim’s Fold – Clough Head – Red Screes – Wanthwaite

Distance: 3.7 miles     Total Ascent: 592 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Showers and sunny spells. 17C.

Fisher’s Wife’s Rake is one of those walks I have had on the agenda for a while and it certainly is the direct route to Clough Head, although it wasn’t as severe as I was expecting. There were showers at the start of the climb up the rake but the clouds miraculously cleared towards the end of the walk, reminding me that it is still late summer yet.

 

The Dodds

Start point: Dockray, adjacent to the bridge. (NY 393 215)

Dockray – Bracken How (492) Round How (493) Common Fell – Watermillock Common –Swineside Knott Brown Hills Birkett Fell Hart Side White Stones on Green Side Stybarrow Dodd Watson’s Dodd Great Dodd Little Dodd (St John’s Common) (494) Calfhow Pike (495) Clough Head (496) Dockray

Distance: 13.4 miles     Total Ascent: 1156 metres     Time Taken: 4 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Overcast, rain later. 14oC.

Another grey day today with just the odd glimmer of sunshine and heavy rain at the end. This is quite a long circuit but relatively easy going across boggy grass. I visited a couple of small tops at the beginning of the walk that I had never been to before which offered great views over Ullswater with little effort. It was very quiet up there though, and we never saw a single soul all day.

The Dodds

Wanthwaite – Threlkeld KnottsClough Head (113) – Calfhow PikeLittle Dodd (St John’s Common) – Great Dodd (114) – Watson’s Dodd (115) – Great Dodd – Randerside – Mariel Bridge – Old Coach Road – Wanthwaite