Name:Claife Heights
Hill number:2683
Height:269.9m / 885ft
RHB Section:34D: Southern Cumbria
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Lake District - Southern Fells
County/UA:Westmorland and Furness
Catchment:Leven (Ulverston)
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Wainwright Outlying Fell, Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,2,WO,Cm)
Grid ref:SD 38204 97344
Summit feature:outcrop 2m SSW of trig point
Drop:176.1m
Col:93.8m  SD 3531 9933  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 96 97
(1:25k) OL7N
Survey:Abney level
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Evening ascent in mist, murk and rain. Track OK not wet underfoot.Play2End29/04/2024
Same parking and route as DABT. No sign of any continuing forestry operations on the actual route. Limbo required under the fallen tree. Wonderful views all round from the top on a clear sunny morning. Last top before the long drive home. Solorichard6906/03/2024
Windermere-Bowness Ferry-Scale Ivy Intakes-Claife Heights-Bowness Ferry-Windermerecampagvelocet25/01/2024
With Carol. Parked at Braithwaite Hall in Far Sawrey (£2 donation requested). Crossed road and followed track north, turning east. Left turn and follow cart track signposted Latterbarrow. After climbing out of Luw Pate Crag turn left (fingerpost sign down), with the summit of Claife Heights (886 ft) visible ahead. Follow signs clockwise to summit trig point. Most of the summit has been cleared of trees, with a lot of disturbed roots and mud. Good views over Lake Windermere. Overcast. but dry. Wet under foot and muddy in places. Forestry operations taking place in the area. A tree had fallen over the cart track above Belt Ash Coppice. Return trip: reverse route.DABT27/10/2023
Wainwright gave up on reaching the summit here, writing in his Outlying Fells book in the early 1970s that the Ordnance column is now lost in conifers and inaccessible. Today it's a minor mess of brashings to pick a way over following a path to the summit from NE. In fact its child play to what came next - 300 metres of extraction ruts and proper brashings to tramp through (and back) to enter just 50 feet of spiky upright forest branches hiding the pointy rock rib summit of Three Dubs Crag (sub-tump). Then back towards Wray with L along the narrow twisting forest row fpath - through mud and over rocky steps. Wainwright wrote that this 'path through the forest is arduous, You'll be in a real pickle if you have a coronary here'! Today Lakes in a Day runners began passing us on the easier forest track- Caldbeck to Cartmel 50 miles & £132 lighter entry fee. 9-18 hrsChris Pearson07/10/2023
Circuit from Far Sawry, summit easily accessible via machinery tracks through forestry brash. Fine and warm with excellent views.steve_a10/08/2023
From buyers foldStevooo24/07/2023
 yorkielad19/05/2023
Climb through Station Scar wood from Claife Heights Viewing Station, v muddy and lots of fallen trees. Path up quite clear though. Took path skirting Scale Ivy Intake, beyond which was total devastation, paths passable though. Views of Lakeland from TP now very good but so sad to see the sorry state of the terrain. Took path down to Belle Grange and back to ferry via lake path.mike24086426/02/2023
Walk with joannastuduncan01/01/2023
Good parking for 7/8 vehicles between Near and Far Sawrey. Via Moss Eccles Tarn. Great views over Windermere although the summit is a fine. But getting there is through a mess of forestry debris.Longwojo24/09/2022
Adventurous route from Near Sawrey to get through felled area. Took last section clockwise, approaching summit from SW. Rock flake to side of TP has obvious HP. Descent SE 'interesting'.henryfm09/08/2022
From Hawkshead, as previous reports had mentioned summit was blocked by fallen trees i approached from the north to avoid the worst, but as it turned out it's all been cleared. Path says closed and disappeared under brash for 30 meters but easily passable. There are now great views fron top !Flatfield01/07/2022
Yes, well, what a challenge. The eastern footpath running north from the junction just to the SE of the summit is closed due to fallen trees. Yes, it really, really is impassable after about 300m. If, like me, you take a chance, there is no way through the trees and no escape uphill to the west to the summit. The only way is back. From the previous junction take the left path which eventually leads you to a bridge. The path upwards to the summit is closed due to fallen trees. This time however, they are passable!!moorsman20/05/2022
Ascent following Storm Arwen. Paths around summit area to the East/North East are blocked by dozens of massive fallen trees. It is a maze of balanced trunks and very hazardous. Found a route from the track that is in the North West. A couple of hundred metres of bushwacking led more easily to the summit.geralddavison28/11/2021
Driving up after a nice lie in we made our way to Far Sawrey. On the way singing to the proclaimers we headed down the narrow lanes when the most enourmas stag leaped out in front of us jumping the fence. Bec was shaking with excitement. We soon made it parking at the cuckoo brow inn. We headed down the lane to Moss eccles tarn shortly followed by Wise een tarn then through the pine forrests with red mushrooms. This was a fantastic autumal walk with so much to see and smell at every turn. We soon made it back to cuckoo brow inn for a pint of fell walker and re wine before taking the ferry across windermere and having a 3 course Sunday dinner in Gilpin Bridge inn were we had our first date 5 years ago to the day before. Absolute perfect Sunday.Scotty 2 Hotty07/11/2021
With Val. From lay-by between Far and Near Sawrey. Footpath north to go past the summit then paths back to summit. Good weather.mike.hoult27/08/2021
After Latterbarrow with Andycolinfielding09/08/2021
After Latterbarrow. With ColinAndrew Pearson09/08/2021
Train to Windermere then walked to chain ferry and continued on. Great section of wood - beautifully quiet after the somewhat carnage of Bowness. With GFE. 20k round trip.Fionalevey04/07/2021
Water Yeat - Top o' Selside (Wainwright, Marilyn) - Carron Crag - Tarn Intake - Castle Wood Hill - Scale Ivy Intakes - Claife Heights - Latterbarrow - Near Sawrey.Mark Jackson23/06/2021
With Deb Conlinoutlyingfells2023/06/2021
Came up here this time from Scale Ivy Intakes. A lovely walk with Alfie from Ash Landing car park.Dangerous Dave23/06/2021
First day of Lakes walking. Ferry from Windermere and a short stroll up to the trig.PhilipChaston07/06/2021
Ecobag from Sal's Dads in Windermere, via ferry. Cut up through bluebell woods, great to be in the forest in such warm bank holiday weather.davechaffey30/05/2021
From Hill Toptomd426/04/2021
MC MH From Red Nab cp whilst on work trip.Martin6607/04/2021
R K TP challenge from HH Richard Tait05/02/2021
Thank goodness for the British Hills app because from Mr AWs map we thought the peak was at Scale Head. Never mind we went to bot and had a cuppa at HBHRowanP19/11/2020
From Ash Landing NT car park.CJM20/10/2020
Aborted plan to walk from Langdale after forgetting my map. Still, Daisy was pleased. Climbed straight up the hill (off marked paths) from Strawberry Gardens. Then on to Latterbarrow.hannah&steven24/08/2020
From Red Nab car park, Claife Heights and Latterbarrow. Summit of Claife Heights quite hard to locate, especially with high bracken. Trig point deep in the wood, no view now. Very quiet path. Good views of Windermere from Latterbarrow.Lazylizzie03/08/2020
From: Claife Viewing Station Car Park, Scale IvyRWG26/07/2020
A pre-pub walk. Good lunch in the Cuckoo Brow.summitter15/07/2020
from Far SawreyIanHHill24/01/2020
From the top end of Loanthwaite Lane, walked up Latterbarrow then via forest paths to Claife Heights. Disappointed by Claife Heights as the surrounding conifers have grown so tall that they obscure any view. Return to start point by different forest paths.Walkingmurphy18/01/2020
From High Wray Basecamp ascent of Latterbarrow through forest from NE. Descent to south and on to Claife Heights via footpath and forest tracks. Return via forest tracks.raymooremanx16/12/2019
From Bowness using ferry to Ferry House and paths through woodland to summit.RobB28/10/2019
From Ambleside, boat to Wray Castle then via paths through the forest before descent south to Ferry House.benalder28416/10/2019
From Red Nab car parkSlash302/09/2019
Did the AW route but anti clockwise from NT Ashness car park. Hot sunny day. Added LATTERBARROW to the walk from approx half way around the route.Hill Wanderer27/06/2019
From here descended to Bark Barn jetty on west shore of Windermere. Enjoyed flattish return lakeside to car park.Peak Rambler22/06/2019
With K from Beatrix Potter car park in Near Sawrey. Bit dull. Nice enough.Ashley20/05/2019
4 of 4: From Braithwaite Hall CP at Far Sawrey. With Sam. Final Lake District Marilyn.ChrisR10/04/2019
SoloVin14/03/2019
Running from car park to S, instead of Pike O’Blisco (mist had come down). Added on a few km to N of summit and returned by lakeside. Ferry to Windermere after. Rounsfell01/03/2019
R Sawrey and Claife run Richard Tait13/02/2019
Parked on Loanthwaite Lane, straight up Latterbarrow, then worked my way through the woods past Three Dubs Tarn and onto Claife Heights, then virtually retraced my steps back to parking place.Chipstertrain28/01/2019
With John and Kim from the NT CP just north of the chain ferry. Up at Harrow Slack then north to Belle Grange before returning (in the dark) by way of the track along the shore.Newton Maximus04/01/2019
R K Richard Tait02/01/2019