Clougha Pike April 2012


Clougha Pike at 413m is one of my favourite hills in the Forest of Bowland. It hangs on the north western edge of Bowland and is easily reached from the M6 around Lancaster, I use a sneaky lane out of Forton Service Station.

The views from the top are pretty spectacular, you can see Lancaster and the Lune Valley, Lakeland Fells, Yorkshire Dales, Morecambe Bay, Blackpool and the Fylde. And for a brief moment you can just see the top of Ward’s Stone, the highest point in Bowland. The great thing about the views is turning back every few minutes seems to offer a new perspective.

The path approaching Clougha after Rowton Brook (on Rowton Brook Fell) is a bit of a mystery to me (even with a map and iPhone App with Ordnance Survey) however, I always find my way to the top. Today the drystone wall helped mark the way.

It was snowing a little at the top today so we didn’t hang around for too long and made way down Clougha Scar. This is a great part of the walk, it’s steadily downhill and the rocks generally offer a good track. After a while the view looking back to Clougha is one of my favourites.

From hereon it gets hard to map again. The track isn’t really visible on my map but is reasonably easy to follow once there.

Walk Details

Grade Easy – perhaps tough for beginners
Distance 5 miles
Time 3 hrs
Low Point 90 metres
High Point 416 metres
Terrain Road, Fells and Farms
Bogs Boggy in places (although we have encountered much worse than today). Good footwear is a must
Dogs Our route had no restriction signs, but there were No Dogs signs at Rigg Lane Car Park. So unfortunately a no-no



Open Space Web-Map builder Code

Click ENTER TOUR, and PLAY (Tour starts half way through walk) [gtour]

PDF Ordinance Survey map

Click here.


Clougha Pike – Wikipedia
Andy Goldsworthy sculpture


On this walk

Brow Top Farm, Rooten Brook Farm, Rowton Brook Farm, Rowton Brook, Rowton Brook Fell, Clougha Pike, Clougha Scar, Fell End Fell, Little Wind Clough, Rigg Wood, Rigg Lane Car Park, Quernmore.

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