Friday morning and the view from the bedroom window looked promising – sunshine, albeit with cloud over the tops of the fells. So it looked liked we be able to go ahead with our plans for the day – a walk up Wetherlam (2503 feet), one of the Coniston Fells, at the other side of the ridge from the Old Man.
We headed into the village and took the path towards Coppermines valley along the river. We passed the Ruskin Museum.
The Yewdale crags looked inviting
Along the path to Coppermines valley
passing the Miners’ bridge
The fells came into view
An industrial landscape with the remains of mining and quarrying industries. There’s still a working slate quarry in the valley
We took a right turn and started our ascent to Wetherlam
Looking back over Coniston Water
On our left there were great views of the Old Man and Swirl How. The cloud had largely cleared from the tops.
We passed a small tarn
and views over to the mountains of the Fairfield Horseshoe opened up
We could see Windermere in the distance
Finally, we reached the summit of Wetherlam. There were a few other people around but I reckon it would have been a lot busier on top of the Old Man.
It was a clear day and there were great views of the surrounding mountains.
Scafell, Scafell Pike, Pike o’ Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell
Helvellyn and the Fairfield Horseshoe
Over to Windermere
We decided to descend the way we’d come up and then cut down the valley to Tilberthwaite before doubling back to Coniston along Yewdale.
Taking in the view of Coniston Old Man
and Coniston Water
At the bottom of the descent we reached Hole Rake which we were to follow along to Tilberthwaite
In the bright afternoon sunshine and good visibility the views, and autumn colours, were outstanding
Eventually we reached Tilberthwaite Gill
Looking back to Wetherlam
The late, low afternoon sun was illuminating the distant mountains
and intensifying the autumn colours
Looking down into the Tilberthwaite valley we could see a sheepfold (more about that in another post)
After a short stop we set off down the road towards Yewdale passing Holme fell on our left
Reaching the Ambleside to Coniston road through Yewdale we took the path on the right side of the road that led through the woods back to Coniston
The view across the valley
Finally reaching Coniston
Looking back over the Yewdale crags
We stopped at the Co-op in the village to pick up some supplies, but it was still light and a lovely early evening so we decided to take a detour over to the lake
It was after 5 o’clock by now and the Bluebird Café was closing up. However, they have a take away window and this was still open so we bought coffees and sat for a while enjoying the view.
There were a few other people around, most of them tempted by a brew or ice cream
Canoeists coming back in after a trip on the lake
A brave soul going in for a swim
The sun began to set so time to make our way back to our B and B.
A beautiful sunset to finish off a great day