Sunday, 18th May 2008


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
Accompanied by:

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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