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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 leading up to Calfhow Pike

 

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

 

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