Clough Head is the northernmost fell of the Helvellyn Range though it stands somewhat at a distance from Helvellyn itself, facing Blencathra and the Northern fells of Lakeland across the upper reaches of the broad valley of the River Greta. When travelling between Keswick and Penrith it is the prominent bulky fell seen to the South.
A rough track passable to mountain bikes and known as The Old Coach Road, leads from St John's in the Vale to Dockray or Matterdale passing just to the North of the fell. It is from here that the easiest ascent of Clough Head can be made. The ridge to the South leads to Great Dodd and continues the length of the Helvellyn Range - a fine outing in the long days of summer but a walk of considerable distance.
The western side of the fell is marked by the steep ground of Wanthwaite Crags while the eastern slopes are mainly of grass. This is the opposite to the rest of the Helvellyn Range where the crags predominate on their eastern slopes. A route called Fishers Wife's Rake ascends the formibable slope above St Johns in the Vale but is recommended only for experienced scramblers in good weather. Summit views are wide and extensive thanks to the fell's position and White Pike - a subsidiary summit northeast of the main top is worth a visit for the views. If ascending from the Old Coach Road you will normally go this way anyway.
|Best months for climbing:||Jan, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec|
|Nearest major airport:||Manchester, Liverpool|
Thanks to Pete Buckley for adding this peak.
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