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Wetherlam and snow

4th December 2022

Route. Coniston - Miners Bridge - Levers Water - Swirl Hawse - Wetherlam - lad Stones - Hole Rake - Coniston ( About 6.5  miles 2350ft ascent )

A walk up to Wetherlam today following a route neither of us had done before.


Dry and not too cold but a bit dull as we left the village following the track by Church Beck.

Further along and up the path now looking over the water treatment plant to the outflow of Levers Water. ( Which as the handy signpost tells us is just over 1k away )


Coniston Water seen from the climb.

And here we are at Levers Water with Little and Great How Crags above.


We had a lovely few minutes of sunshine as we walked the path on the right hand side of the reservoir.


Looking back to the dam and into the sun.


The path climbs steadily to Swirl Hawse.


The large cairn at Swirl Hawse. We have come from the left and turned right if we had turned left we would be on the exciting climb of Prison Band.

Crinkle Crags have attracted the cloud.


It's quite an easy climb to Wetherlam from Swirl Hawse and as seems usual it's a lot colder and windier at the top. This small tarn has a thin covering of ice which is the first we have seen this winter.

A thin mist was covering Little Langdale which was a shame as the low winter sun was lighting it up.

The afternoon sun was a constant companion on our walk down the Lad Stones ridge. Here the Duddon estuary is shining behind Coniston Old man.

The longer range view over to the east weren't bad. Grisedale Hause the dip between Fairfield and Dollywagon Pike is quite clear.

More of the coast is revealed as we descend.

The fells to the east of Coniston Water catch the sun.

Levers Water with Brim Fell and the Old Man above.

On the final descent back to the miners track and Church Beck.

I was back in the Lakes the following Saturday as this was the day of the annual Langdale Christmas pudding 10k which Andrew was again taking part in. This was the day before the start of the fantastic cold and settled conditions we have had over the last week and although it was cold it was very cloudy and dull.

Andy has had a few injury problems this year so he didn't break any personal records but he still managed a respectable 47 minutes for the 10k.

Pretty grim if you were on the fells today. Just 24 hours later things were quite a bit different.

Unfortunately Sue and I couldn't get to the Lakes on Sunday so we had a walk around Belmont instead which was was a pretty good consolation prize.. Belmont reservoir was as still as I've ever seen it.

Thin ice in the shadow of the dam.

Winter Hill with Belmont below.

Hardy sheep at Higher Pasture farm.

And looking back to the farm with Spitler's Edge above.

Winter Hill with passing Mallards.

Crunching through the frozen snow on our way to the flooded old quarry at Stones Bank.

And a wide view of the quarry.

Making our way back to the village. The road was officially closed but that didn't stop a couple of crazy 4 x 4 drivers sliding their way past us.


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