Great Carrs & Wetherlam

  • An unusual horseshoe from Little Langdale
  • Dramatic cliff scenery on Great Carrs
  • Explore interesting Wetherlam

Graceful is a word not always used when describing the larger fells to the south and west of the Lake District but the fells of Great Carrs and and Wetherlam are. Wet Side Edge and The Edge form a beautiful horseshoe which drew my eye when passing through Little Langdale a few years ago. I came back and tackled Great Carrs first. The ascent is more gradual and easier on the legs as it curves round south to approach the summit.

The summit is nothing special, with the exception of the remains of a Halifax which came down at night in October 1944 killing 8 (7 Canadians), as it is overlooked by nearby Swirl How but there are some spectacular cliffs a few yards to the west so beware! Wetherlam, which is reached by a steep descent from Swirl How, is one of my favourite Lakeland mountains. The land is potholed with old mining shafts and there are great views over the full Coniston range. The descent off The Edge caps an excellent, but not overly strenuous, day in the fells (note the comments below for best possible route).


A detour to Grey Friar is worth the extra mile and a half not just for the tick on an inconvenient summit but for its unusual views of the Scafell range.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 301032. There is ample road side parking near Fell Foot Bridge but the nearest official car parking is in Little Langdale
Height to Climb: 778ms (2,552 feet)
Terrain: Typical Lakeland paths - the descent from Swirl How is badly eroded but the rest is fine
Eating & Drinking: Little Langdale is a mile east up the narrow road where the Three Shires Inn provides all manner of refreshment!
Similar Walks Nearby: Old Man of Coniston
Dow Crag via Seathwaite Tarn
The Langdale Pikes
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