Start – Roadside at High Row NY379219, Distance – 13.2km, Ascent – 622m, Time – 4hr 20min plus stops.
A fairly easy walk across grassy and sometimes boggy hills. Great Dodd is a good vantage point for the rest of the Helvellyn Fells and Clough Head surely has the best views of Blencathra. Roadside parking is limited at High Row and the nearest alternative is Dockray, which adds a fair chunk to the distance and ascent figures, so get there early. I get the impression that this end of the Helvellyn massif isn’t as well trodden as other areas, and paths can be vague in some places, particularly descending Clough Head via White Pike. Because of this, navigation could be tricky in poor visibility. I like this area as it has a bit more of a wilderness feel than many others – a real boon in the busy Lakes.
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The finest viewpoint of Blencathra? Well, I think so
The broad summit of Clough Head
The north western fells from the summit of Great Dodd. It was a bit hazy, hence only a few photos. This one has been electronically tweaked to try and get something reasonable. Nice try, but no cigar…
The broad northern flanks of Great Dodd. In the far distance is Blencathra and in the near distance is Clough Head, with the bump of White Pike on the ridge to the right.