Definition of cleuch in English:


(also cleugh)


  • A steep valley or ravine.

    • ‘Have there been occasions when you've set off up Ben Cleuch but haven't reached the top?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When did you first climb Ben Cleuch?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was certainly cheered when, near Calf Craig, the binoculars showed a figure dropping westwards off the Cleuch plateau.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    gorge, abyss, canyon, ravine, gully, gulf, pass, defile, couloir, crevasse, cleft, rift, rent
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Middle English: variant of clough.