After arriving late afternoon on the Monday, we studied the weather and decided to do our walk up the Old Man on the Wednesday, as the weather looked at it's best. That left us the decision of what to do on the Tuesday, so I suggested we climbed Wetherlam as a warm up for the main event!
The plan was to follow the route up to the valley where the old copper mines are located, along with a youth hostel and some Coniston Coppermines cottages. (Incidentally, our cottage in the village was also a Coniston Coppermines cottage and we absolutely loved it). Once there we were planning to head north-north-east following the line of Crook Beck and around the side of Wetherlam, so that we'd eventually be ascending the peak from the north - the route people usually follow from Tilberthwaite.
There was a bit of a rocky start (metaphorically, rather than literally) when I accidentally took us up the Walna Scar Road initially (hence the picture above). This was mainly due to the fact that the intersection of various paths near the Sun Inn in the village was obscured on my map by a big 'P' car park sign....not helpful!
Luckily there was quickly a turn off taking us to the north and back on route, so that we reached the Miners Bridge without too much delay. I'm going to keep the rest of the descriptions down to a minimum and let the photos do the talking.....
We'd decided to head back via Levers Water, but momentarily considered whether we might climb Swirl How first. In the end we decided against it, as, despite it being a nice day, the clouds were quite low. Swirl How and the Old Man of Coniston were often obscured. Plus we wanted to save our legs for the climb the next day.
We arrived back at our cottage pleasantly tired and headed out to get dinner and some of the excellent beer on offer at The Black Bull. I wish my whole life could be spent this way!
Look out for Coniston Part II - climbing the Old Man - hopefully it'll be up later this week :)