Wetherlam

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – Steel Edge – Wetherlam – Wetherlam Edge – Birk Fell Man on Birk Fell – Tilberthwaite Gill – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 4.2 miles     Total Ascent: 648 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours     Start Time: 10:00

Weather: Sunny and clear, 2C

What a beautiful day for a walk out in lovely winter conditions. There was just the right amount of snow and barely a breath of a breeze and on the top, fabulous views forever and sunshine that was alpine warm. Perfect.

wetherlam

Wetherlam

Height: 762 metres / 2500 feet Grid reference: NY 28820 01108 Category: The Southern Fells

Wetherlam from the top of Tilberthwaite Gill

Wetherlam from the top of Tilberthwaite Gill

The Scafells, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell with Cold Pike and Red Tarn in the foreground from Wetherlam.

The Scafells, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell with Cold Pike and Red Tarn in the foreground from Wetherlam.

Wetherlam Edge from the summit

Wetherlam Edge from the summit

Wetherlam from Lingmoor Fell

Wetherlam from Lingmoor Fell

Wetherlam from Holme Fell.

Wetherlam from Holme Fell.

Wetherlam, Steel Edge and Wetherlam Edge

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – Steel Edge – Wetherlam – Wetherlam Edge – Birk Fell Man on Birk Fell – Tilberthwaite Gill – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 4.2 miles     Total Ascent: 648 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:25

Weather: Freezing. -1oC

There is plenty of snow around to quite a low level at the moment and the valley roads are treacherously icy in places. I left Casper at home today (by the fire, of course!) as he feels the cold these days (he is no spring chicken) and with young Dougal by my side climbed to Wetherlam via Steel Edge and descended by way of treacherous Wetherlam Edge. It was a bit of a monochrome day with no contrast between the sky and the snow covered land making the task of getting decent photos even harder than usual!

Wetherlam

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – Steel Edge – Wetherlam – Wetherlam Edge – Birk Fell Man on Birk Fell – Tilberthwaite Gill – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 4.2 miles     Total Ascent: 648 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:10

Weather: Long sunny spells, cold wind. 8C

The weather was gorgeous this morning, being really clear in the south western corner of the Lakes. There seemed to be a bit of cloud around the fell tops beyond but Wetherlam was a great walk to do on a day like this – I did have to keep well wrapped up on the Wetherlam ridge though as it was colder than it looks.

Wetherlam

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – Steel Edge – Wetherlam – Wetherlam Edge – Birk Fell Man on Birk Fell – Tilberthwaite Gill – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 4.2 miles     Total Ascent: 648 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 30 minutes     Start Time: 10:35

Weather: Cold and clear. -2C

Most of the high fells appeared to be in cloud but Wetherlam seemed to stand out like a beacon of light today, so that’s where I went to get a taste of the winter conditions much of the country is experiencing at the moment. The snow was dry and powdery and the going was not too bad until the descent of Wetherlam Edge which required a bit more care to be taken. It was like the Antarctic on the northern slopes during that descent with a strong (and cold) easterly blowing across the face of The Edge.

Wetherlam

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – Steel Edge – Wetherlam – Wetherlam Edge – Birk Fell Man on Birk Fell – Tilberthwaite Gill – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 4.2 miles     Total Ascent: 648 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 40 minutes     Start Time: 9:20

Weather: Windy, snowy, sleety, coldy. 5C

The wet weather of last week has made way for much colder winter weather with snow lying on the high fells. The snow made it quite tough going, both on the climb up Steel Edge and the descent of Wetherlam Edge – the walk took 40 minutes longer than last time I did it in April. Once up on the Wetherlam ridge, all hell was let loose with the wind and driven sleet/snow making it easily the coldest and most extreme walk since last winter.

Wetherlam

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – Steel Edge – Wetherlam – Wetherlam Edge – Birk Fell Man on Birk Fell – Tilberthwaite Gill – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 4.2 miles     Total Ascent: 648 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours     Start Time: 08:25

Weather: Sunny, 12C

It‘s seems like a while since I have been on the high fells due to Easter holidays and other commitments but what a glorious day for a return; the weather really was fantastic. The light was just gorgeous on the fells and it felt good to be alive up there today. The sunshine in the photos probably gives a false impression though as it was not as warm as it looks higher up and on the Wetherlam ridge the wind was pretty icy.

 

Greenburn Round

Start point: Fell Foot, Little Langdale (NY 296 032)

Fell Foot – Rough Crags – High End Wet Side Edge Hell Gill Pike Little Carrs Great Carrs – Top of Broad Slack – Swirl How Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Wetherlam – Birk Fell Hawse – Greenburn – Fell Foot

Distance: 5.9 miles     Total Ascent: 883 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 45 minutes

Weather: Changeable, cool. 13C.

Today I had a walk around Greenburn from Little Langdale, the weather didn’t seem to hold much promise when I set off but it was fascinating to watch the rapidly changing conditions as I walked, with it seemingly changing by the minute. It was very wintry and cold on the top of Great Carrs, I even had to put my winter jacket on – good job Casper was wearing his!

Wetherlam

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – Steel Edge – Wetherlam – Wetherlam Edge – Birk Fell Man on Birk Fell – Tilberthwaite Gill – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 4.2 miles     Total Ascent: 648 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 15 minutes

Weather: Generally dull with the odd bright spell. 15C.

It was lovely and still on the top of Wetherlam this morning and really peaceful and quite warm. The distant views were generally hazy once more but Steel Edge is a great way to climb this fell with an equally good route of descent via Wetherlam Edge.

Wetherlam

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – Tilberthwaite Gill – Birk Fell Man on Birk Fell – Wetherlam Edge – Wetherlam Black Sails – Red Dell – Hole Rake – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 6 miles     Total Ascent: 880 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours

Weather: Clear at first, mist and drizzle later. 19oC.

Everywhere but Wetherlam seemed to be in cloud this morning when I set out; it was basking under a lovely blue sky, but that quickly changed during the ascent of Wetherlam Edge. I thought it would be an interesting addition to drop down to Red Dell following the Black Sails ridge but it proved to be a tough climb back up to Hole Rake and over to Tilberthwaite.

Wetherlam

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – Steel Edge – Wetherlam – Wetherlam Edge – Birk Fell Man on Birk Fell – Tilberthwaite Gill – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 4.4 miles     Total Ascent: 693 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Sunny and clear. 7oC.

The weather today was fantastic with clear views for miles and cold, frozen ground making almost perfect walking conditions. This is a favourite shorter walk of mine, the walks along Steel Edge and Wetherlam Edge being the best way to climb this fell. Wetherlam Edge was treacherous in places with sheet ice which could catch out the unwary.

Coniston Round

Start point: Walna Scar road (SD 289 970)

Walna Scar road – Brown PikeBuck PikeDow Crag Goat’s  Hawse – Coniston Old Man Brim Fell Levers Hawse –  Great How Grey Friar Great Carrs Swirl How – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse –Wetherlam  – Red Dell – Boulder Valley – Walna Scar Road

Distance: 11.8 miles     Total Ascent: 1320 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Cold and windy. 4oC.

That wasn’t supposed to happen! The weather was predicted to be the same as yesterday, blue skies and general loveliness above the clouds – however, rule #1 is there is no accounting for the weather. There was a strong wind and grey skies above the low lying fog with the upper clouds only clearing at the very end of the walk. This was a good long walk on the shortest day of the year and the fells were surprisingly busy today.

Wetherlam

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – Steel Edge – Wetherlam – Wetherlam Edge – Tilberthwaite Gill – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 4.4 miles     Total Ascent: 693 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Clear at first then clouding. 6oC.

It was nice to see a bit of blue sky after a week of almost constant rain and it did look quite promising early on, but the skies soon darkened to bring things back to normal by lunchtime. This is a firm favourite of mine – a good fell walk that has most of the attributes required to be a good one without being too lengthy…and the main thing was that there wasn’t another soul to be seen.

I couldn’t resist a few shots of the Coniston fells from Torver on the way up there with the early sun illuminating the fells nicely.

Wetherlam

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – Steel Edge – Wetherlam – Wetherlam Edge – Birk Fell Man on Birk Fell (459) – Tilberthwaite Gill – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 5.2 miles     Total Ascent: 700 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 30 minutes

Weather: Clear with an icy wind. 2°C.

I hadn’t intended to go out today, but you know what it’s like – the sun is shining, the sky is clear blue, the dog has to be walked…What better than a walk up old favourite Wetherlam? Crystal clear views everywhere today and Angus bumped into a ‘mirror’ as well!

 

Wetherlam

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – Steel Edge – Wetherlam – Wetherlam Edge – Tilberthwaite Gill – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 4.4 miles     Total Ascent: 693 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours

Weather: Grey and hazy, gradually clearing. 14°C.

Absolutely the connoisseurs way up to Wetherlam, this walk is a full Lakeland in miniature with steep, rocky ascents, grassy paths, tarns, rivers and two edges – Steel Edge and Wetherlam Edge. Steel Edge is quite steep but a real joy to walk up and once on Wetherlam itself there are great views of the Coniston fells, Coniston Water, over to the Langdales and beyond.

Wetherlam

Start point: Tilberthwaite car park (NY 306 010)

Tilberthwaite – High Fell Blake Rigg – Wetherlam Edge – Wetherlam – Steel Edge – Tilberthwaite Gill – Tilberthwaite

Distance: 4.6 miles     Total Ascent: 918 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours 5 minutes

Weather: Sunny with broken cloud. 12-14oC.

The sun was shining at times again this morning but many of the higher fells still had cloud lingering on their tops, fortunately for me Wetherlam remained relatively clear. This is a great little route from Tilberthwaite – it was almost reminiscent of a mini-Helvellyn ascent via Striding Edge and Swirral Edge – using Wetherlam Edge for the steep climb up and Steel Edge for the drop back down into Tilberthwaite.

A Coniston Round

Start point: Coniston (SD 304 976)

Coniston – Walna Scar road – Brown Pike (48) – Buck Pike on Seathwaite Fell (49) – Dow Crag (50) – Goat’s Hawse – Coniston Old Man (51) – Brim Fell (52) – Levers Hawse – Great How (53) – Grey Friar (54) – Little Carrs (55) – Hell Gill Pike (56) – Great Carrs (57) – Swirl How (58) – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Black Sails (59) – Wetherlam (60) – Coniston

Weather: Overcast with sunny spells. Very windy.

A long Coniston round today taking in all the highest tops and some of the less well known ones. It was a drizzly start but this soon cleared and there were lots of sunny intervals with some cloud coming in. There was a strong breeze all day growing to gale force by the end of the walk.

You may have noticed a distinct lack of Tarns on this walk. This is because there were so many to be seen, I have given them their own page and they can be viewed here.

Coniston Tarns

Start point: Coniston (SD 304 976)

Coniston – Walna Scar road – Brown Pike (48)Buck Pike on Seathwaite Fell (49)Dow Crag (50)Goat’s  Hawse Coniston Old Man (51) Brim Fell (52) Levers Hawse – Great How (53) Grey Friar (54) Little Carrs (55)Hell Gill Pike (56) Great Carrs (57) Swirl How (58) – Prison Band – Swirl Hawse – Black Sails (59)Wetherlam (60) – Coniston

It was amazing how many tarns and stretches of water could be seen on this Coniston Round; they are shown on this page.