Clough Head

Length 9 kilometres | Highest point 726 metres

Clough Head 726m, 2381ft, GR 334225


Clough Head, the most northerly hill of the Helvellyn Range, commands the broad valley of the Greta and the Glenderamackin rivers. Its western flanks are steep and craggy, and much quarried.

A start can be made from Threlkeld. There is a NT car park in Blease Road and other possibilities in the village. From the church (GR 322254) take a footpath south across the A66 and on to a minor road leading over the river and disused railway to a solitary house, Newsham (GR 331247). Go through a gate on to the fell and follow a path of sorts south to above the quarry and on to the site of a prehistoric settlement. Continue south uphill on a pathless but open grassy fellside, to the top of Threlkeld Knotts at 514m. From here, a slight descent leads to the base of the steep craggy flank of Clough Head. A footpath makes an upward traverse through this steepness. From the top turn east up the broad grassy ridge to the summit (4km, 630m, 2hrs).

Clough Head
Clough Head

To descend, follow the fine open ridge NE to White Pike and then go down steeply past a curious heap of rock to the Old Coach Road. Stay on this back to the vicinity of the prehistoric settlement and then join the outgoing route at Newsham. Resist the temptation to head straight down to Newsham from the Coach road, the going there being wet and tussocky (9km, 3hrs 20min).

A nearer though less attractive starting point is the car park near the former railway station (GR 321246). Follow the railway track to join the minor road to Newsham.