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A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Lake District starting and finishing in Cumbria, England, about 11.30km (7.02 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 5:15h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 689m (2260ft)
Descent 695m (2280ft)
Max. Elevation 750m (2460ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1384m (4540ft)
Skelwith Bridge
Distance 11.30km
Duration ~5:15h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 30 Apr 2010
Wetherlam lies north of Coniston village, among the Furness Fells. It's a fine hill, easily the match of its better known neighbour, the Old Man. The best ascent is via Levers Water, which takes you to the saddle between Wetherlam and Swirl How. You can return to Consiton, but for a full day's walk, head north via Wetherlam edge to Little Langdale Tarn and Skelwith Bridge. Both villages have regular bus connections with Ambleside.

Walk Functions


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Take the bus to Consiton and laugh at all those people trying to find a parking place in a tiny village. Cross the bridge in the village centre and turn right along Station Road. Pick up the footpath at the end, which follows the course of Church Beck.
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A steady climb brings you up to Levers Water. This is a great spot for a coffee from the flask - slap in between Wetherlam and Coniston Old Man.
About 2.39 km (~1.49 miles) from
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A path winds up on the western side of Black Sails, the middle of three ridges that cascade down from Wetherlam and its neighbours.
About 1.37 km (~0.85 miles) from
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Upon gaining the saddle, head northeast along Keld Gill Head to Wetherlam. 762m means it isn't a big hitter in the Lakes, but still a classic view.
About 1.02 km (~0.63 miles) from
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Take a bearing along Wetherlam Edge, and descend carefully. The ground soon becomes less steep, and the path takes you to Greenburn Beck.
About 0.80 km (~0.5 miles) from
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The path takes you south under Little Langdale Tarn, where in theory you need to switch to OS Map 7 - south east Lakes. However, the navigation is simple - pass through the woodland to pick up the Cumbria Way near Stang End.
About 2.04 km (~1.27 miles) from
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A couple of kms along the Cumbria Way brings you to Skelwith Bridge, where buses will take you up to Ambleside and Grasmere. If you need to wait (or even if you're just a bit parched), the hotel has a good bar.
About 3.43 km (~2.13 miles) from

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