Clougha Pike

Saturday, 11 January 2014
960ft/290m ascent
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.

Clougha Pike Summit

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.

Clougha Pike


Starting at the car park on Rigg Lane (SD 526604).

Clougha Pike Route



Alfred Wainwright‘s list of Lake District hills contains the 214 hills which are described in the seven books of his “Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells“.

We have already climbed many of the Wainwright’s.  This year’s challenge is to climb another twenty five.

3000ft Mountains in England and Wales

The Database of British and Irish Hills lists twenty-seven mountains over 3000 feet in England and Wales.  Our plan is to climb all of them by the end of 2014.  We’ve made a good start already – here is a list of the sixteen summits we completed earlier:

  • Snowdon – Yr Wyddfa
  • Snowdon – Crib y Ddysgl
  • Glyderau – Glyder Fawr
  • Glyderau – Glyder Fach
  • Scafell Pikes – Scafell Pike
  • Glyderau – Castell y Gwynt
  • Scafell Pikes – Scafell
  • Scafell Pikes – Symonds Knott
  • Scafell Pikes – Ill Crag
  • Scafell Pikes – Broad Crag
  • Skiddaw – Skiddaw
  • Skiddaw – Skiddaw Middle Top
  • Skiddaw – Skiddaw South Top
  • Snowdon – Crib Goch
  • Skiddaw – Skiddaw North Top
  • Glyderau – Tryfan

Which leaves the two tops at Helvellyn, two more in the Glyderau and all seven Carneddau as our challenge for 2014.

The Trail 100

The Trail 100 is a list of 100 UK hills which appeared in the April 2007 issue of Trail Magazine.  It is a subjective list, compiled by canvassing opinions from Trail staff and readers, taking into consideration view, difficulty, features, historical interest, etc., with some surprising entries.

Sixty of the Trail 100 hills are in England and Wales, thirty-nine in Scotland and just one in Northern Ireland.  We have already completed nineteen of these hills in 2012 and 2013, they are:

  • Snowdonia – Snowdon
  • Snowdonia – Glyder Fach
  • Lake District -Scafell Pike
  • Lake District -Scafell
  • Lake District -Skiddaw
  • Snowdonia – Tryfan
  • Snowdonia – Moel Siabod
  • Lake District -Blencathra
  • Lake District -Grasmoor
  • Lake District -High Street
  • Lake District -High Stile
  • Lake District -The Old Man of Coniston
  • Lake District -Glaramara
  • Lake District -High Raise
  • Lake District -Place Fell
  • Peak District – Kinder Scout
  • Lake District -Haystacks
  • Lake District -Helm Crag
  • Lake District -Loughrigg Fell

Which leaves forty-one hills across England and Wales as our challenge for 2014.