Walk: Clougha Pike

Clougha Pike.
Clougha Pike.

From the car park go through the wooden gate leading onto the fellside.

On a broad grassy track keep ahead and when it forks in 200yds bear right and then follow it as it curves to the right. At a metal gate turn left dropping down onto duckboards which cross a section of marshy ground.

After these follow the obvious track through scattered trees gently upwards to a wall. Two ladder stiles confront you. The one on the right offers a direct route to the summit. The one on the left enters a valley below Windy Clough.

Our recommended route crosses neither but turns left climbing up to the rocky nab that is the end of Windy Clough. When you reach this little summit continue north eastwards along the edge of the ridge to the right of a wall. There is not much of a path here but as you near the far end drop down through a thicket to reach a gate in a wall in the valley. After passing through the gate and follow a narrow path besides the wall.

The way is steep and rocky climbing almost 500ft to reach the summit plateau. After an initial stretch taking you over the lip of Little Windy Clough the path continues close to the wall and finally levelling out amidst peat and heather.

Further along the ridge to the right the summit will come into view. Bearing right the path leads round to a gate in the wall and then crosses open moorland cutting a corner to another wooden gate. Beyond this turn right to complete the final ascent passing a prominent cairn before final arriving at the trig point.

Compared to the climb everything else about the walk becomes easy. Leading briefly south from the summit a peaty path begins to drop and swing westwards. Although not waymarked it is broad and clear taking you across Rowton Brook and then bringing to the fields above Rooten Brook Farm. 20-30 minutes of descent will bring you to the track leading back over the brook and into the farm.

Keep ahead through the farm and continue along its drive.

After the lane swings left bear right onto a footpath leading past a large property. The track leads down to open fields. Keep ahead to follow a wall to the yard of Old Mill House. Turn left onto its drive. When you reach the road turn right. In 200yds turn right onto Rigg Lane.

The car park is 800yds along this road.