Steel Fell from Wythburn
Steel Fell from the south end of Thirlmere. Quick but a bit steep!
Walk by the farm and cottages.
Wiggle around the wood and
then just head straight up the grassy slope to the top.
Glancing back down the ridge Thirlmere reflected blue away in the valley. Colour enhanced by the bright greens of spring on either side.
Cloud clung stubbornly to the top of the higher neighbours of Helvellyn and Nethermost, only clearing after drifting over us and throwing a sharp squally shower.
Helvellyn Range from Steel Fell
The curtain lifted to show the Lion and Lamb sitting on Helm Cag with Grasmere, Windermere and Esthwaite in their respective valleys.
I remembered the Wythburn Valley as being labelled the ‘Wythburn Trap’ by Wainwright.
Warning walkers not to be deceived, if the mist rolled in, and believe that the valley would lead down to Grasmere. Thankfully the sun shone gloriously when I was negotiating that part of the Coast to Coast last year.
After one wetting the clouds obligingly drifted off clearing all 360 of vista and the path down Wythburn.
Although we missed ‘The Bog’ it was still very wet and soggy underfoot.
The water gathered in spectacular force, bouncing from rock to rock down the valley,
before settling down in the final smooth run to Thirlmere reservoir.
Our route, about 4.5 miles, the other way up Steel Fell