Definition of cleuch in English:


(also cleugh)


  • A steep valley or ravine.

    • ‘Even from a mile away the lack of a rucksack suggested this to be Tom Bell - a Grangemouth man who has been up Ben Cleuch 1340 times armed with nothing more sophisticated than a Tesco carrier bag.’
    • ‘When did you first climb Ben Cleuch?’
    • ‘This traverse round the top of Maurice's Cleuch takes you to within a few feet of the enormous summit cairn and from the viewpoint on a clear day you can see as far as the hills of Antrim in the west and Lochnagar in the north.’
    • ‘Away below a silvery stream snakes its way downhill, one of the hill's two Cleuch Burns that run down to feed the infant Clyde.’
    • ‘I first met Pete Bibby late in 1997, when he and Helen were among friends old and new who showed up for my 100 th ascent of Ben Cleuch.’
    • ‘Once a year or so, when the ground is sufficiently dry and my mood feels right, I have a go at beating my fastest time up Ben Cleuch by this route.’
    • ‘Then, just as I reached the Ben Cleuch plateau after the climb from Ben Ever, a helicopter zoomed low over the hill from the Andrew Gannel direction.’
    • ‘One of the most delightful ascents of Ben Cleuch is from the Upper Frandy.’
    • ‘Have there been occasions when you've set off up Ben Cleuch but haven't reached the top?’
    • ‘I was certainly cheered when, near Calf Craig, the binoculars showed a figure dropping westwards off the Cleuch plateau.’
    gorge, abyss, canyon, ravine, gully, gulf, pass, defile, couloir, crevasse, cleft, rift, rent
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Middle English: variant of clough.