The Lake District Mountains

List of 155 fells over 2000ft Next Walk Ullscarf
Walks and Photographs Previous Walk Skiddaw, Little Man and Sale How
Safety and info. about the photographs

2008 04 10 - Clough Head via Calfhow Pike with Paul D.

We parked at the side of the road on the B5322 near Hilltop Farm. It was a dull and cloudy day as we set off, following the Old Coach Road around the northern flanks of Clough Head as far as Mariel Bridge. There were a few specks of rain to begin with but as we climbed up Mosedale Beck we were subjected to a serious downpour which thankfully abated by the time we reached Calfhow Pike. The weather improved as the day wore on and we even had some blue sky and a little sunshine. We failed to find any semblance of a path off the top (through carelessness of course) and picked our way slowly and carefully down the steep slopes somewhere through Red Screes - a feat that looks impossible from a distance.


Blencathra from near Birkett Bank


Along the path in the direction of the Old Coach Road


Signpost pointing up Mosedale Beck with White Pike in the background


Great Dodd


Looking down Mosedale Beck


Rowantree Fold


The fence along Mosedale Beck


Approaching Calfhow Pike summit


Calfhow Pike summit


Calfhow Pike looking towards Clough Head


Blue sky over Great Dodd


On the path to Clough Head


Looking back to Calfhow Pike and a glimpse of Thirlmere


Clough Head summit


Clough Head summit looking to Great Dodd


And looking to Lonscale Fell and Blencathra


Pausing before dropping down off Clough Head


No path we could see so we just picked our way down the steep scree


Holly poses in front of Skiddaw


Blencathra from near Hilltop Quarry


  The Lake District Mountains