Saturday, 1 July 2000


Wetherlam over Greenburn
Height: 763m (2,503ft)
Prominence: 145m (476ft)
Region: Southern Fells
Classifications: HuMP, Hewitt, Nuttall, sub Marilyn, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Small cairn
Times climbed: 3
Related trip reports:
A Greenburn Round - 23/07/2017
A Coniston Round - 03/12/2016
The Coniston Round - 17/05/2014
The summit looking towards the Scafells
What Wainwright said:

"Wetherlam features prominently in Brathay views like a giant whale surfacing above waves of lesser hills: the long rising line of the back springs from the fields of Coniston to a maximum height at the tip of the head, from which the blunt knows curves steeply down to Little Langdale".

Wetherlam is the most northerly of the Coniston Fells, the range of fells to the north-west of Coniston village. It stands apart from the main north-south spine of the Coniston Fells, the connection being via the long east ridge of Swirl How.

In the past Wetherlam was extensively exploited for its mineral resources. The slopes on all sides are pitted with disused copper mines and slate quarries, making it the most industrialised of the Lake District fells.

The summit is a gentle dome with a cairn marking the highest point. The vista is wide with the majority of the Southern, Central and Eastern Fells in view. Little Langdale is perhaps the finest aspect.

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