Sunday, 18th October 2009




Walk: Birk Fell for Wetherlam, Yewdale Fells and Tilberthwaite Gill
Start Point: Tilberthwaite car park Grid Reference: NY 306 010
Distance: 8 miles Ascent: 3,100 feet
Time: 5 hours    
Weather: Poor. Low mist with rain from mid morning
Comments: Nine members set out on what had been forecast as a promising day. However, this was not to be and on reaching Wetherlam it was decided unanimously that we would not try for the Old Man of Coniston. Instead we headed down for the Coppermine valley area to pick up our proposed route to Yewdale Fells. With a steep but not too long a climb through gorse and up a scree, we attained the top reaches of the fell where a good view of Coniston and its lake should have been visible. The mist, though, prevented this. This last section also proved to be a first for Ray, our very own 'Oracle of the Fells', as he had never been this way before.

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A good start as we set out from the quarry car park . . .


and head up past a balconied cottage


A local resident takes a good look at us on Wetherlam Edge . . .


and Sheila 'bags' Wetherlam summit


After a damp elevenses it is decided to miss out the middle section of the walk - to Coniston Old Man


A monster in the mist? No, just a rocky outcrop and tree!


A less dense mist gives us a view of the cottages and youth hostel in Coppermines Valley . . .


where channelled Church Beck . . .


flows freely beneath the Miners Bridge


The birds seem to have missed the berries on this Mountain Ash


A short flat path precedes . . .


a rocky scramble up a scree path . . .


that is rather steep in places


An atmospheric Tilberthwaite Gill would be very colourful with a little sunshine!

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