Fiat Punto MK2 Sporting - Clutch Pedal Stiffness comes and goes

My MK 2 Punto Sporting for the last few weeks has from time to time felt quite stiff to push down.
The problem comes and goes.
But It seems to occur more on really cold days. It's like you can feel
a cable is try to pull something and there's a resistance and sometimes you can hear a metal cable straining type noise.
Any idea what this could be? The car is 5 years old but only done 14,000 since I work from home don't drive it that much. Most of my journeys are short start and stop town journeys.
Could such problems be caused by traditoinally being taught to also change down through the gears to help slow down a car as well as using the brakes?
I did some reading on the net and ssome sites suggest it's something like a clutch bearing that might need replacing?
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have you tried getting the clutch blead, or try getting the master clutch cylinder checked it may be leaking, i have just had to have the seals on mine replaced because of a leak.
Hydrolic clutch not mechanical

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