|Walk:||Hodge Close, Wetherlam Edge, Wetherlam, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Wet Side Edge, Little Langdale, Hodge Close|
|Start Point:||Hodge Close||Grid Ref:||NY 316 017|
|Distance:||10 miles||Ascent:||3,400 feet|
|Weather:||Sunny spells but a cool breeze|
John L (leader), John D, Marie, Ray, Sheila
|Comments:||After walking through High Tilberthwaite and past Betsy Crag we got down to the more serious business of climbing Wetherlam Edge. Descending from Wetherlam it wasn't long before we were climbing prison Band to visit Swirl How and Great Carrs before our descent via Wet Side Edge. John's suggestions of returning over Atkinson Coppice met with a very cool reception so we stayed with the route he had originally planned - longer but less energetic!|
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The disused quarry at Hodge Close is beginning to look rather untidy
From the car park we have a good view of the Langdale Pikes in the distance
The lambs are given their 'mark' before being let out on the fells
This lizard must have been asleep in the shade as it didn't move a muscle when the group walked past
John and Ray beat a hasty retreat . . .
I wonder what monsters were lurking here?
Time for a break in the sun
Anyone for a summer house restoration project
John on Betsy Crag - but where is Betsy?
Our first view of Wetherlam Edge - the one at the back!
Checking out the route . . .
but can we find a different route?
Once up close . . .
it's just like a staircase - well almost!
It's rather cool on the summit of Wetherlam . . .
so an extra layer is needed
Coniston Old Man
Prison Band and Swirl How
Levers Water and Coniston Water
We find some shelter away from the crowds on Swirl How
Quickly passing Great Carrs . . .
we can check our route from Wetherlam . . .
and up Prison Band to Swirl How
Pike O'Blisco with the Langdale Pikes to the right
Cold Pike, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell
The top of Wrynose Pass is busy as usual
Discussing our route down - no John, we are not going over Atkinson Coppice . . .
we'll stick to the low route along Little Langdale
It's a long way down to the bridge over Greenburn Beck . . .
with its little waterfall . . .
and a last glimpse of the Langdale Pikes with Side Pike heralding the route to Lingmoor Fell
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