4.3 of 5 (7 votes)

Clough Head and Stybarrow Dodd

A strenuous walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Lake District in Cumbria, England, about 21.00km (13.05 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 8:15h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 786m (2578ft)
Descent 773m (2536ft)
Max. Elevation 840m (2755ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1559m (5114ft)
Start & End
Distance 21.00km
Duration ~8:15h
Created by Anonymous Walker on 22 Feb 2012
This walk from Threlkeld covers the peaks that lie just north of Helvellyn, Clough Head, Watson's Dodd and Stybarrow Dodd. The return follows the valley of St John's in the Vale back to Threlkeld. A great walk in a quieter part of the Lakes.

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Walk Map

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Take the bus to Threlkeld.
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Head southwest out of the town, crossing the main Keswick-Penrith road, to reach Threlkeld Bridge.
About 0.53 km (~0.33 miles) from
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A footpath leads south towards Wanthwaite.
About 1.55 km (~0.96 miles) from
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Follow the road through the village and take the track past the quarries to Threlkeld Knotts.
About 0.68 km (~0.42 miles) from
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The Old Coach Road circuits around the northern edge of Clough Head until you reach a stile, just before an old rusty shelter. The path up to Clough Head starts here.
About 2.28 km (~1.42 miles) from
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The summit is one of the best places to admire Blencathra.
About 1.16 km (~0.72 miles) from
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Follow the ridge line south to Calfhow Pike.
About 1.44 km (~0.89 miles) from
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Continue to Watson's Dodd - beautiful views along St John's in the Vale.
About 1.69 km (~1.05 miles) from
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The highest point of the route at 843m.
About 0.88 km (~0.55 miles) from
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At Stick's Pass, head down to the valley via the bridleway.
About 0.74 km (~0.46 miles) from
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Drop into Legburthwaite. Follow the minor road north, not the main Ambleside-Keswick road, which can be busy. For a shorter walk, you can pick up the 555 bus to Keswick from here, then connect to Threlkeld.
About 2.42 km (~1.5 miles) from
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At Sawmill, take the road to the left. This leads to the Keswick-Ambleside road; follow this for a few metres before you reach the footpath that follows the river.
About 0.59 km (~0.37 miles) from
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The perfect combo - a high walk to start, then back along the valley.
About 1.09 km (~0.68 miles) from
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Once you return to Wanthwaite, you just need to retrace your steps to Threlkeld.
About 2.21 km (~1.37 miles) from
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Return along the same footpath to Threlkeld.
About 1.41 km (~0.88 miles) from
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Back in time for a pint in the village.
About 1.67 km (~1.04 miles) from

2 comments... join the discussion!

08 Feb 2016
Wild Camp

Try down in Deepdale, just below waypoint 8

Ted leighton
02 Feb 2016
Wild Camp

Any good places to do a wild camp

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