Wetherlam offers in a small space the essence of the higher lakeland fells - great beauty, fine views, wildness, strenuous (but highly rewarding!) exercise, fine rock scenery, variety, historical interest, and so on. These benefits are even easier and quicker to access if the ascent is made (as was the case on this occasion) from Tilberthwaite, thus saving a good 500 feet of initial toil and subsequent descent (though the lower reaches of Tilberthwaite Gill, if one has the energy/time, are also well worth it).
The route was along the northern side of upper Tilberthwaite Gill, through Dry Cove and thence up near Hawk Rigg to Birk Fell. From here, after crossing Birk Fell Hause the clamber up Wetherlam Edge was undertaken, and then, after broaching the summit area (and a lunch stop), back down the relatively gentle southern slopes to the Hole Rake path, and along it via the southern side of Tilberthwaite Gill to the starting point once again. Increasingly good views from Birk Fell onwards of Little Langdale, the Langdale Pikes, Great Carrs, and Swirl How and, on the descent, of the Coniston Old Man massif.
This was my fifth occasion in 6 years up this peak, some of the other times having been done by other routes and at different times of the year. Truly thus a mountain never to tire of!
Highest point (Wetherlam): 2502 ft./763 m. Distance: 5.48 miles/ 8.8 km. Ascent: 2265 ft./ 690 m.

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