Clough Head via Fisher's Wife's Rake

Wed 4 Apr 2007

Route: Wanthwaite - Hilltop Quarries - Fisher's Wife's Rake - Jim's Fold - Clough Head - Wanthwaite Bank - Hilltop Quarries - Wanthwaite

Distance: 4.00 miles

Ascent: 1,900ft

Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

With: On Own


A lovely evening walk with blue skies and no wind.

Fisher's Wife's Rake always looks steep and intimidating from below but the route I followed up it avoids the scree with a path to follow all the way. The route is named after the Fishers of Rake How. The husband cut the peat on the fellside above the crags and the wife hauled it down the rake upon a hand-sled!

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Wanthwaite Crags with Fisher's Wife's Rake right of centre from Wanthwaite

Zooming in on Fisher's Wife's Rake

Blencathra from Hilltop Quarries (disused)

Blencathra from next to the ladder stile above Hilltop Quarries

Looking over Low Rigg to the north western fells

I followed the path above the intake wall under Wanthwaite Crags to get to Fisher's Wife's Rake

Looking north to Blencathra from under Wanthwaite Crags

The path leading to Fisher's Wife's Rake

The ascent of Fisher's Wife's Rake starts at this tree

Path ascending Fisher's Wife's Rake

Looking up Fisher's Wife's Rake

Looking down Fisher's Wife's Rake

Blencathra from Fisher's Wife's Rake

Fisher's Wife's Rake

Looking straight down on Lowthwaite Farm from Fisher's Wife's Rake

Fisher's Wife's Rake

Blencathra from the top of the steep part of Fisher's Wife's Rake

The Skiddaw fells from the top of the steep part of Fisher's Wife's Rake

The path continues to zig-zag up the fellside

Looking south to Helvellyn from the top of Sandbed Gill

Jim's Fold

The view south west from Clough Head

Great Dodd from Clough Head with Calfhow Pike on the right

Clough Head summit

Evening light on Red Screes

Looking down on my descent path across Wanthwaite Bank

Another shot of Red Screes, wonderful colour

The sun setting over the north western fells

Previous Walk: Sale Fell (Tue 3 Apr 2007)

Next Walk: Eagle Crag and Sergeant's Crag (Fri 6 Apr 2007)

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