Wetherlam

Wetherlam has everything that is offered by others among the higher peaks, but, due to its relatively compact nature, all on a scale that makes it a less daunting prospect, especially if time is short. The ascent was from Tilberthwaite, up via Steel Edge and down by Wetherlam Edge. The way up was chosen on the advice of the estimable Mark Richards. It soon develops into a fine ridge with an easy scramble at the top, and provides very fine views to all points east. On the way from the top to the summit, I kept as far as possible to the western rim, in order to savour the views over to the Coniston Old Man massif, especially Swirl How and the Prison Band, and then the first glimpses of the Scafell range in the distance. The descent offered further fine views of the Crinkles, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes in particular, but was so icy that I wouldn’t repeat it under such conditions without an ice axe (brought, but then foolishly left in the boot of my car). (Highest point: 2,500 ft/762m. Distance: 4.38 miles/7.06 km. Ascent: 2175 ft./663m.)

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