Wetherlam via Steel Edge

Name of walk Wetherlam via Steel Edge
Date of walk 2021-07-16

On Friday I drove to Tilberthwaite to climb up Wetherlam via Steel Edge. A walk of six miles. I left home about 6.30am. It is under an hours drive, so I should be up and down before it gets too hot. Unfortunately the road between Coniston and Tilberthwaite was closed and the diversion took you to Clappersgate and back! Some of the back roads were closed to non-residents, to prevent large vehicles meeting on narrow roads, so it took ages to reach my destination! I’ve not been up to Wetherlam via Steel Edge before, so it was something new, and it would also involve a rock scramble!

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I set off about 7.50am and head up the steps and look back down. My car is parked in the shade of the tree, I'm not daft, I want my cold can of drink still to be chilled when I return!

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I take the opportunity to explore all the nooks and crannies off the main path.

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One of the quarries often used by rock climbing groups.

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The track splits here I take the lower path that heads down into the gill.

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But first I go to the edge to look down into the quarry from above.

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Taking the path down to the gill.

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I cross the bridge.

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Very little water coming down.

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The gill view back to Tilberthwaite.

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I head steeply up the other side and take a photo looking back.

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I follow the path then head left for the little footbridge. Steel Edge ahead.

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The footbridge with a mine opening on the left.

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I have a look in.

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I then head up right, through a bracken path as far as the gill and to the start of the Steel Edge ridge.

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I head up the grass and locate the track. View to Birk Fell.

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Looking towards Steel Edge.

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The track up on the left. An easy scramble to the top.

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At 9am, just before the rock scramble, I stop and have a coffee and enjoy the views back.

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It needs someone on the rock to provide a sense of scale.

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View back from half way up.

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The scrambling is now over and I now head for the horseshoe shaped tarn.

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View back before I head left for the tarn.

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I climb the rocky outcrop behind the tarn. Wetherlam on the right.

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The view to Coniston Water from the outcrop.

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I do a circuit of the tarn.

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View across to Low Water and the paths up to the summit of Coniston Old Man.

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Levers Water on the right.

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View back to the tarn as I head up to the summit.

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As I walk up I can see Scafell and Scafell Pike.

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Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.

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I take a panorama of the view across to Coniston Old Man, Brim Fell and Swirl How. Left click to enlarge, click again to return.

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Wetherlam summit cairn just before 10am. Pike o'Stickle and the Langdale Pikes on the right.

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Close up of Blea Tarn and Side Pike, a walk from a few weeks ago.

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Little Langdale Tarn.

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Windermere.

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Coniston Water.

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Panorama from the summit. Left click to enlarge click again to return. Almost every fell you can think of is in this photo!

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Summit selfie.

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Pike o' Blisco on the right with Red Tarn to the left. Another walk from a few weeks ago. Bowfell left.

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The route to Prison Band and up to Swirl How, Great Carrs on the right. Another walk from a few weeks ago.

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Scafell and Scafell Pike.

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I stop and have a break, then head back down. View down to Steel Edge.

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Tilbethwaite Gill in close up, showing the paths that I took and will take on my return.

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I head past the tarn and follow the path down Lad Stones until I reach the turn off to head down left into the valley.

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On the way down there are great views over to Levers water and the various quarries and old mine workings in Coppermines Valley.

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I take the track down to the valley.

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Now on the valley path I look back across the stepping stones at my route down from Lad Stones.

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Lots of dragonflies darting along the tarn.

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The path that leads me all the way back to my car. Crook Beck on the left.

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I detour off path to investigate some more nooks and crannies.

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Back on track.

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A small waterfall.

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Crossing the beck.

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Steel Edge route on the left.

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View back.

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I can see the small footbridge I crossed this morning, but I keep on this path.

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Looking across to the path I was on this morning on the other side of Tilberthwaite Gill.

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The track gives good valley views.

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On the left is the steep path I climbed up out of the gill this morning.

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Back at the quarry.

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Just above where the paths bifurcate, from then on I'm back on the track I used this morning.

I was back at my car before 12.30pm, so the six miles took about four and a half hours. A lovely day. A pity I had the return road detour on the way back too! I decided to go back via Hawkshead and Esthwaite Water, giving Coniston a miss.

Jo.

 

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