24th April 2005

Clough Head and The Dodds.


Walk Overview
Time 11.00 to 17.00
Duration 6 hr
Distance 7.6 mile
Ascent 3163 ft
Walking with Roger and Ann Hiley, Anne Leaney and Jill Rowland
St John's in the Vale - Clough Head - Calfhow Pike - Great Dodd - Watson's Dodd - Stybarrow Dodd - Sticks Pass - Stanah
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, Wanthwaite, St John's in the Vale

Because of the closeness to peoples houses, I'm never sure whether or not to park at the junction with the Old Coach Road or not, so I generally try to park a little further along the road just past the turn off to Wanthwaite Bridge. Which ever option you go for there isn't much room. I should point out that the second option I've described is along the edge of a very busy main road.


Route Map

Blencathra from the path through Hilltop Quarries.

Traversing the steep fellside near Buck Castle.
From the valley this path is almost impossible to see and the route looks far more difficult than it turned out to be. It wasn't until we got as far as Wanthwaite Bank that we could actually see there was a path up this route.

A hazy view down to Thirlmere and the Central fells from the fellside between Buck Castle and Clough Head.
This was yet another day of hazy sunshine. Not quite as bad as yesterday and Friday, but it still meant that none of the pictures I took facing a southerly direction were much good.

Blencathra and Threlkeld from Clough Head.

Clough Head summit.

From Calfhow Pike looking back along the path to Clough Head.

The Skiddaw fells from the top of Calfhow Pike.

And again from the path up to Great Dodd.
Calfhow Pike is the small rocky point in the centre of the picture.

Great Dodd summit with Blencathra behind.

The Skiddaw fells from Watson's Dodd.

From near Watson's Dodd summit looking down to the High Rigg ridge and the Vale of Keswick.
Bassenthwaite can just be seen in the centre of the picture with the Lord's Seat fells on the left and the Skiddaw fells on the right.

Stybarrow Dodd summit.

Hart Side summit seen on the end of the grassy ridge running into the right of the picture and Great Mell Fell / Little Mell Fell in the haze to the left of Hart Side .

From the sheepfold on Sticks Pass with High Rigg and the Skiddaw fells, Lord's Seat fells and Bassenthwaite behind.

High Rigg and the Skiddaw fells again from further down the Sticks Pass path.
Castle Rock is the rocky outcrop at the front of the picture with the wall running around it.

A small waterfall just above Stanah.
I think this is the waterfall marked on the map as Sty Beck Fall.

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Lake District Walks