20th September 2008

The two edges of Wetherlam


Walk Overview
Time 10.05 to 13.35
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 4.4 mile
Ascent 2200 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Tilberthwaite - (above) Yewdale Beck - Steel Edge - Wetherlam - Wetherlam Edge - Birk Fell Man - Blake Rigg - (top of) Tilberthwaite Gill - Tilberthwaite
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Tilberthwaite

High Tilberthwaite is a lovely spot found about mid way between Little Langdale and the main Coniston road, and although cars can get here from the Coniston side, the only option from Little Langdale is to walk.

The car park is free.


Route Map

If you're interested in mines and quarries then this is the area for you. Everywhere you look there seems to be a ruined building or some sort of evidence that mining work was being carried out here in the past. This picture was taken not long after we set out from Tilberthwaite.

Now that's what I call a big hole.

Blake Rigg on the right of the picture, with the tree filled gorge of Tilberthwaite Gill in the centre of the picture.

As we started the walk up Steel Edge the sun broke through for a short while.


Heading into the clouds on Steel Edge.

Looking back down Steel Edge, and although it is quite steep and rocky the route isn't too difficult. Our greatest concern today was the wet, slippery rocks rather than the gradient itself.

Wetherlam summit (without a view).

Carefully does it on the walk down Wetherlam Edge.

And again.

Looking down the bottom section of Wetherlam Edge to Little Langdale, Little Langdale Tarn and Lingmoor Fell.

Just a small number out of the VERY long line of fell runners making their way up Wetherlam. This was good timing on our part, if we'd been fifteen minutes later we'd have met them on the steepest section of Wetherlam Edge, which was slippery enough as it was, without having to avoid all this lot.

And up into the cloud they go.

Sunshine on the fellside above Greenburn (the lower part of Wet Side Edge).

Gridlock on Wrynose Pass.

A close up of the disused mines next to Greenburn Beck.

Another picture of Little Langdale and Lingmoor Fell.

The view across to Steel Edge.

And then the sun came out again. Typically, it was just in time for us nearing the end of the walk.

Walking back down to Tilberthwaite in warm sunshine.

A close up of High Tilberthwaite

Not so close up this time.

A typical Lakeland whitewashed cottage. Very nice indeed, but assuming that people live here full time, they must get sick of the amount of people walking past here every day.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks