Way up Wetherlam
Where were they?
The first weekend of full sun saw the roads fill to the capacity of city streets
with pubs and cafes spillinth their contents out to the pavements.
Many may have climbed the iconic routes,
or may be they stayed on the lakes.
But the hills above Coniston were blissfully tourist free.
An interesting route up.
Including a good run of scree in an ascent of 300m in less than 4.
With a reward greater than usual, Coniston was soon seen spread out below. Snaking its glaciated trail to the distant west coast.
Coniston from Yewdale Fells
Thence followed an easy bounce over the hillocks of Yewdale, before navigating the associated Moss. Bookended by the white tipped Helvellyn range.
Success, in this case, feeling dry feet.
Plan A was to head up to the ridge just south of Wetherlam via Steel Edge. A gentle spur leading up to what looked like the impenetrable black mass of Lad Stones.
Steel Edge and Ladstone
The ridge, an easy wedge of a walk up to ominous black rocks.
Steel Edge Ridge
All the more picturesque with white snow highlights. And the black came close. The Lad Stone strata has allowed foliage to creep in and provides a natural, if somewhat erratic flight of steps.
Down the ridge
Stretch and challenge it was, but not quite as much as I’d anticipated. Plan A achieved
So followed: relief, warmth, relax, enjoy and sheer joy at being
on top of a hill with, snow, light and water.
Coniston Old Man
All photos from my Fuji X-T1, 14mm lens bought from Calumet at the photography show in last weeks rain!
And the route