Sunday, 26th June 2011

   

            

 

Walk: High Rigg, White Pike, Clough Head, Calfhow Pike, Great Dodd, Watson’s Dodd & Stybarrow Dodd
Start Point: Pay & display car park Grid Reference: NY 318 195
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 3,900 feet
Time: 5.75 hours    
Weather: Warm with very low cloud for most of the day
Comments:

After frantic last minute arrangements to get the leader to the walk- thanks Rob-four fine walkers were able to set off on what was to be a very disappointing day as far as views were concerned. Unfortunately, there was very low cloud and quit thick mist at times, which stuck with us whilst we were at each of the summit vantage points. We started by climbing over the rough and craggy High Rigg a summit that is in Wainwright’s words “admirably suited to old and rickety fell walkers long past their best”. This fine little fell made for an ideal warm up to the day as there was obviously much more to come. We dropped down off High Rigg past the quaint little church of St Johns to join the Old Coach Road to Hause Well. This along with the steady climb up to White Pike and on to Clough Head was a bit of a slog and was the only time in the day when we had sunshine. However, the mist and cloud was back by the time we reached Clough Head summit and stayed with us for the remainder of the day as we conquered Great Dodd, Watson’s Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd before dropping down to the car park via Sticks Pass. That said a fine day was had by all.


Scroll down to see photos of the walk

View looking back to Legburthwaite from half way up High Rigg

 

Passing across the top of High Rigg towards the summit

 

High Rigg summit

 

The long slog up to White Pike from Hause Well

 

John on White Pike

 

Approaching the misty summit of Clough Head

 

Clough Head summit

 

Great Dodd summit

 

The group looking from Watson's Dodd across to Stybarrow Dodd in the distance

 

Stybarrow Dodd summit

 

Dropping down Sticks Pass

 

Halfway down, a view from the sheepfold across to High Rigg

 

No Ian, you can't ride this one!

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