Clough Head

Clough Head Summit With Blencathra In The Distance
Clough Head Summit With Blencathra In The Distance

Walks By Keyword / Analysis: Clough Head, Cumbria, Lake District, Triangulation Point

A Few Facts About Clough Head

Location -
The Helvellyn range runs broadly north to south for about 7 miles (11 km) remaining above 2,000 feet (600 metres) throughout its length. To the south of the terminus at Clough Head are Great Dodd Watson's Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd collectively 'The Dodds' before the scenery becomes gradually wilder on the approach to Helvellyn itself. Clough Head is the lowest of the range and from some directions it appears as a rounded grassy dome. Alone among the Helvellyns it has smooth slopes to the east with crags on the west a reversal of the usual pattern. The crags continue around to the north west above the village of Threlkeld forming a large natural amphitheatre.

Coach Road -
An old route marked on maps as "Old Coach Road" crosses the northeastern slopes of Clough Head reaching a high point of 437 metres (1,435 feet) as it crosses from St John's in the Vale to Matterdale. This has suffered damage from use by off-road vehicles in recent years but such activity is currently prohibited. Near the road summit is Hause Well a spring issuing from a crevice in the rock.

Summit And View -
The summit is marked by an Ordnance Survey triangulation column and a sprawling cairn-cum-windbreak. It provides a good view of Blencathra to the north in fact Alfred Wainwright drew himself admiring this view in his Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells. Although the higher Great Dodd obstructs the vista of the high fells to the west is excellent.
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Hill / Mountain Class(s)
Birkett, Bridge, Buxton & Lewis, Easten Fell, English Nuttall, Fellranger, Hewitt, HuMP, Nuttall, Sim, Synge, Tump, Wainwright

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