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Clougha Pike from Quernmore Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 4.8 miles / 7.8 km
Ascent - 1000 feet / 303 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SD526604
Lat 54.0373890 + Long -2.7252416
Postcode LA2 9EP (approx. location only)
Clougha Pike is an excellent viewpoint and this walk to the summit starts from the Birk Bank car park near Quernmore. The route follows clear paths although care is needed as in places there are many paths to choose from. The walk follows Windy Clough onto higher ground and then heads along Clougha Scar to reach the summit. The descent route follows Rowton Brook to Low Pleasant where Roman kilns were found nearby.
The start is Birk Bank car park (grid ref. SD526604). After parking cross the stile by the access notice at the rear of the parking area and join a track. At a fork, bear right and then right again to reach a gate. Do not go through the gate and take a path on the left and continue on a boardwalk to a stile. Continue uphill to a path junction with two ladder stiles (grid ref. SD534603). Cross the stile on the left and continue up into Windy Clough following a path along the bottom of the clough. At the head of the clough cross a ladder stile (grid ref. SD537607). Once across the stile turn right and follow the path beside a wall on your right. In places it is quite rocky. The path reaches another stile. Cross this and stay with the wall which is now on your left. On the next section there is a fine view over Morecambe Bay and the Lake District Fells. Continue ahead eventually walking along a stony pavement. Continue to reach the OS trig column (413 m.).
After enjoying the view, head south to join a path. The route slants half right soon after leaving the summit and descends to cross Rowton Brook. Continue beside the brook (on your right) down to a gate with an access notice. Continue ahead soon joining a clear track down to Rooten Brook Farm. Pass through the yard and turn left, cross a footbridge, and continue to Rowton Brook Farm (note the different spelling). Turn left into the yard. Just past the house, turn right through a gate. Cross the field to a stile. Maintain direction down to Brow Top Farm where you follow its drive down to a road.
Turn right downhill and after 200 metres turn right across a wall stile at a fingerpost. Head diagonally across the field to a gap in the wall. Maintain direction to reach the access drive to Rooten Farm. Take the gate opposite and continue along a walled track to Low Pleasant Farm. Pass a large barn and entering the yard take the path on the right. Entering a field, head half-left to drop down to Rigg Lane. It was in this area that the Roman kiln was discovered. Rather amazingly there were still items in the oven. Turn right along the lane. After 250 metres fork right and continue back to the car park.