30th August 2010

Three Shire Stone to Wetherlam and Greenburn


Walk Overview
Time 09.10 to 14.40
Duration 5 30 min
Distance 10.1 mile
Ascent 3400 ft
Walking with On my own
Three Shire Stone - Wet Side Edge - Fairfield - Grey Friar - Fairfield - Great Carrs - Swirl How - Prison Band - Swirl Hawse - Wetherlam - Swirl Hawse - Sheepfold - Greenburn Reservoir - Greenburn Beck - Bridge End - Fell foot - Wrynose Pass - Three Shire Stone
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside, top of Wrynose Pass

This is somewhere I'd only attempt to park if I were out for an early start. The number of spaces are somewhat limited and if you did arrive to find the place full, your options for an alternative are almost none existent in the area.


Route Map

Given that it was a glorious day and also a bank holiday, I knew that most places were likely to be very busy indeed. In light of this I opted for a route which would include somewhere I'd be unlikely to meet anyone else; Greenburn in this case. Before I got that far however, I wanted to include some of the Coniston fells. Surprisingly these were almost deserted, although I suspect once the day got well and truly underway they would have began to steadily fill up.

The first section of the route was up Wet Side Edge where I got this view down to Wrynose Bottom.
The low point on the skyline is the top of Hardknott Pass.


Looking ahead to Grey Friar. I didn't set off to walk up Grey Friar, but I thought it was still worth nipping up and down as seen as though I was so close anyway.
The pointed fell in the centre of the picture is Harter Fell.

Grey Friar summit.

A close up of Black Hall.

And from the same spot, a sort of close up of Duddon Valley and Black Combe.

Two Fairfields in one picture. One on the right of the picture where the paths cross and the other is the big fell on the left of the picture.

Looking back to Grey Friar from one of the Fairfields' seen in the previous picture.

Great Carrs, taken from Swirl How.

Swirl How summit.

Ready to leave Swirl How and head (down and then up) to Wetherlam.

Swirl Hawse (The low point with the big cairn), Prison Band (the path going up), and Swirl How (the high point on the skyline).

A close up of Little Langdale Tarn and Little Langdale.

Wetherlam summit.

Swirl How and Great Carrs, taken just as I started the return journey from Wetherlam to Swirl Hawse.

Now for the 'off the beaten track' section of the walk.

Great Carrs from below.

As seen as though I was in the area I made a point of getting some pictures of this out of the way sheepfold.

OK then, if I'm honest it was the sheepfold that dictated the route off Wetherlam and into Greenburn. Plus the fact that I knew it would be nice and quiet down here.

From this vantage point I got a nice uninterrupted view through Greenburn, along Little Langdale and all the way across to the eastern fells.

Greenburn Reservoir (tarn) and its dam. Perhaps this isn't the most attractive of tarns, but well worth a visit all the same, even if for no other reason than it gets you into this wonderfully out of the way area of the Lakes.
If you don't like off path walking through wet and boggy ground or if your main aim is just to get to the top of a fell, you'd hate it here. For me however, exploring places like this is a big part of what fell walking is all about.

A short distance downstream from the reservoir you pass by these old mine buildings.

Almost back to civilisation now (I use that term loosely) and looking across to the Langdale Pikes.

A close up of Bridge End.

Another picture showing the Langdale Pikes, this one was taken from the track above Bridge End (see the previous picture).

Fell Foot farm, found at the bottom, yes that's right, the bottom of Wrynose Pass. I'm parked at the top !

Traffic congestion Lake District style.

I knew what I was doing when I set out so I suppose I can't complain, but It wasn't half hot walking up here.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks