Wainwright No. 56 – 2,502ft (762m)
Lay and I had an opportunity to sneak in a cheeky mountain as Megan and William were on their first sleepover with Grannie Annie and Grandad following not only their move to Cumbria but since lockdown restrictions had eased.
As we were also trying to tick off some DIY jobs at home, we decided to stay close to home and tick off another of the Coniston Fells.
We started this walk from Tilberthwaite, heading along a path on the north side of YewDale Beck towards Tilberthwaite Gill. This area is used for both rock climbing and gill scrambling and the steep sided beck makes for some dramatic scenery. We continued on a steady path that skirted around Blake Rigg towards Birk Fell where we started the final leg of our journey up Wetherlam Edge, the northern ridge which had some easy scrambling options that would make an interesting option for when we return with Megan and William.
We managed to avoid becoming engulfed in cloud until we reached the summit when the cloud base that had already engulfed the summit of the Old Man caught up with us.
From the summit we headed south towards Red Gill Head before joining the well defined path back towards Tilberthwaite Gill. I was pleased to have poles for the descent as the rocky ground was an unstable base for weak ankles.
We really are very lucky to be able to nip out in the evening to climb a decent mountain that is just a short drive from home. Living the Lake District life to the full.