Wetherlam Edge from Tilberthwaite

Name of walk Wetherlam Edge from Tilberthwaite
Date of walk 2014-06-05
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 5 hours 20 minutes
Weather Rain, low cloud, poor visibility on the summit.
Peaks on walk Wetherlam
Walked with Ged and blind Kas, and Lynne Horne.
Parking Tilberthwaite

On Thursday Lynne, Ged and I used our day off work in order to climb Wetherlam via Wetherlam Edge from Tilberthwaite. It was forecast as the best day of the week, unfortunately that weather of blue skies and sunshine came on the following day when we were back in work! We had planned to continue over Swirl How, Great Carrs and to return via Wet Side Edge, but in such poor weather we may need to alter our plans and come back via Lad Stones, we would decide on Wetherlam summit. The cloud was down and it was raining and I was not at all hopeful that the weather would clear.


From the car park we climbed the steps that leads up to the track via the quarries. Looking down on Tilberthwaite.


Lots of openings to investigate.


This quarry is often used by climbers and absailers.


Looking down into the ravine of Tilberthwaite Gill.


We head down into the ravine to cross by the bridge and go up the other side. This whole section can be avoided by taking the starting path up behind the houses, but then you would miss all the fun!


We are now on the other side heading for Wetherlam. Which is shrouded in cloud.


Some disused mine workings next to a good picnic spot by the cascade waterfall.


I am on the edge seeing if there is a good photo looking back down the way we had come.....there wasn't, there was just cloud. So I take one of Ged and Lynne and the way ahead.


We are now on Birk Fell and would be soon approaching Wetherlam Edge. Unfortunately in this weather there are no photo opportunities, so I put my camera away. The route ahead is steep, can be quite exposed, it is unclear on places and involves a continuous scramble over rock. Today the rock is wet and slippery, so care is needed. Usually you have great views out towards the Langdale Pikes and down into Greenburn, but there is nothing to see today.


Lynne, Kas and Ged on Wetherlam summit. It is cold and windy and wet! Wearing woolly hats in June! There was no point in continuing on towards Swirl How, as the wind was due to increase in the afternoon, so we headed down the Lad Stone route that would pick up the path back below the Furness Fells, returning us to Tilberthwaite on the other side of the ravine.


Passing a tarn on Lad Stones. On the way down we kept a look out for the track that leads us off left for the short cut down, which we found.


Finally we emerge from out of the clouds.


Coniston Water in view behind Ged and Lynne.


The weather is still poor.


We find a sheltered lunch spot. Poor Kas looking a bit soggy!


Little bits of sun trying to get through. We are heading for the path on the other side of the tarn.


Ged and Lynne cross the beck via the stepping stones.


Passing the tarn.


Despite the weather this route has really good views out over Wet Side Edge towards the big fells. Just a pity we still can't see the tops.




Another quarry entrance. I have an explore.


I can cross the first section using the stepping stones.


The next section is several feet deep, so I can go no further.


The quarry entrance is just in on the left past the ruin.


It is very green this time of year.


The beck becomes a waterfall at this point. Wetherlam behind.


The route up to Birk Fell we took this morning.


The ravine of Tilberthwaite Gill on our left.


Looking towards the farm buildings at High Tilberthwaite.



View down on Tilberthwaite.


Looking across the ravine to the route up the other side that we took this morning.


View down on the quarry I looked into this morning.


It is full of school kids from a local OE centre having a go at absailing.

The walk was 6.6 miles and took us five hours and twenty minutes. Wetherlam was still in cloud when we returned to the car, so we made the correct decision to change our plans. The views will still be there on another day. Besides, the low level views from beneath the Furness Fells were excellent today despite the weather.