Sunday, 18th May 2008

             

            

 

Walk: Hodge Close, Wetherlam Edge, Wetherlam, Prison Band, Swirl How, Great Carrs, Wet Side Edge, Little Langdale
Start Point: Hodge Close Grid Reference: NY 316 017
Distance: 10.5 miles Ascent: 3,300 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Sunny with some cloud but cool on the tops
Comments: As the weather was good I took the group of 8 through abandoned quarries for Betsy Crag. This provided good views over Hodge Close and the surrounding area. We continued up Wetherlam Edge for Wetherlam and then Prison Band for Swirl How. After lunch we had an easy walk to Great and Little Carrs which in turn led us down Wet Side Edge (which is dry) for Little Langdale and the cars. A good day was had by all.

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The water in the disused quarry at Hodge Close always looks quite forboding

 

The Langdale Pikes loom over the spoil heaps and trees

 

The lambs sport their new markings before they go onto the fells

 

In the shade I think this lizard must have been asleep as it didn't move a muscle when the group walked past

 

John and Ray seem to be making a hasty retreat . . .

 

I wonder what was lurking in the tunnel!

 

Time for a pause to enjoy the sunshine  . . .

 

or perhaps to contemplate 'holiday home' possibilities?

 

John takes us onto Betsy Crag . . .

 

and Betsy pops over from Bannisdale for a flying visit to her namesake

 

We begin to see the ascent of Wetherlam Edge beyond Birk Fell Man

 

A pause to gather the troops - and out energy before . . .

 

heading towards the climb . . .

 

which starts off almost like a staircase - with a bit of imagination!

 

Pausing on the climb to look back down to Birk Fell Man with Little Langdale to the left

 

There is a cool breeze on the summit of Wetherlam . . .

 

from where we have a good view of Coniston Old Man

 

Heading down from Wetherlam Prison Band, leading up to Swirl How, is clearly seen

 

Levers Water with Coniston Water beyond

 

Dropping down from Swirl How we find a sheltered spot for lunch

 

Heading across to Great Carrs we can clearly see the path we followed off Wetherlam . . .

 

and the climb 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 the Wrynose Pass is a popular parking spot

 

A brief pause while we discuss possible routes - down to Little Langdale or over Atkinson Coppice (we opt for the low route!!!)

 

But first we have to get down there!

 

Crossing Greenburn Beck . . .

 

where there is a little waterfall

 

The Langdale Pikes (again) and Side Pike - but we have dropped too low to see Blea Tarn

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