I make no bones about being a fair weather walker. Living in the Lake District affords me this luxury to pick and choose my hill time. I was last up this mountain back in October 2012. The weather was appalling and can’t even remember the summit as was trying to keep the rain out of my eyes. Read about it here https://adventuresofcumbrianblondie.co.uk/2012/10/28/a-very-wet-twitteratti-walk-up-wetherlam-28th-october/
With a favourable forecast decided to look at the list of 20 or so summits I didn’t get a view on. Wetherlam it was. I’m not sure what it is but I’m not a huge fan of Coniston. It always feels dark. But I do love the Coniston Fells.
Parked at Tilberthwaite and managed to get one of the last parking spaces. Whilst technically free, they do ask you for a donation. Boots on and we were off. A glorious day and set off in short sleeves. My friend Dave always says “start off cold” as after the first accent you’ll be wanting to strip off. Never a truer word said.
The route we took was a nice gentle accent up the left hand side of Tilberthwaite gill. As you reach the end of the gill there is a cairn and a perfect view stop. It isn’t marked on the map. An opportunity to catch your breath and take in the view.
The top of Wetherlam was very windy, short sleeves swapped for fleece and wind proof jacket. Cursed that I had forgotten my gloves. A view but it was interspersed with cloud.
My favourite fell top treat a pork pie, it inspired this blog :https://adventuresofcumbrianblondie.co.uk/2016/03/26/whats-your-mountain-food/
It was so cold and windy on the summit that after we had re fuelled we got off the summit and made our descent. From the summit followed the path to Lower Hows. The cloud lifted and had great views towards the neighbouring fells Old Man of Coniston, Holme Fell and Coniston Water.
The path back was very well defined. Soon we joined the path near the viewing cairn and back to the car.