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Black Sails and Wetherlam

19th January 2014

Route. Coniston - Coppermines Rd - Levers Water - Blake How - Black Sails - Red Dell Head Moss - Wetherlam - Hole rake - Coniston (about 6.5 miles 2400ft ascent)

I  joined Sue, Lynn, Helen and Catherine for a walk up the Black Sails ridge and down the Wetherlam ridge. We enjoyed (or endured) 4 seasons in one day on a classic little walk.

Off we go up Coppermines road. Me four girls and three dogs... what could possibly go wrong. It was raining quite heavily here which was disappointing as the forecast was for dry weather first and rain later.

Miners Bridge.

Looking up to the youth hostel.

And looking back down the valley..

Levers Water outflow.

A Levers Water panorama.

And a closer look accros the water to Levers Hawse..

After a brief rest we set of up the ridge. The path up although hard to follow in places is a real treat as it winds it's way around the knolls and rock outcrops.

Looking up.

The cloud swirling around the Old Man seemed to make this most friendly of mountains seem wilder and higher..

Levers Water being overtaken by mist.

Welcome bit of blue sky as we near the top but within ten minutes it started to snow.

And within another ten minutes everything was covered  including Lynn's black brolly.


Very cold at the top of Wetherlam..

The cloud lifted and the sun returned as we dropped down. That's Windermere in the distance.

Lovely tarn found on the ridge..

Coniston Water

The clouds are coming back again.

But the sun is making a fight of it.

It's now a lovely day as we drop down to Hole Rake.

I was boiling in my waterproofs as we lost height so I stopped here to take them off which of course caused it to start raining again.


Last walk -Low Fell  Next walk - Causey Pike