Saturday, 11 January 2014
Trail 100 #20
Clougha Pike (1365ft/416m) lies on the edge of the Forest of Bowland and overlooks Lancaster. On a clear day you can see it from the M6 motorway. We chose this as our first hill in 2014, because it is small and nearby.
We crossed the bog at the foot of the hill using the duck-boards and then followed the stream up through the woods. The recent heavy rain meant that the stream was flowing down the path making progress very slow. Reaching the brow of the hill we turned into Windy Clough a deep rock filled ravine with a narrow path weaving through the boulders. Sheltered from the wind this was a beautiful and secluded spot. Then we followed the wall up onto the open moor, this was a scramble as the wall ignored the contours and just rose and fell with the ground. There are quicker and easier routes, but Windy Clough is worth visiting.
There was a bitter cold wind on the exposed moor at the top of the fell and the low cloud spoiled what would have been a magnificent view. There was no snow on Clougha Pike, but nearby Ward’s Stone (1847ft/563m) was white.
Starting at the car park on Rigg Lane (SD 526604).