Wetherlam, with an elevation of 763 metres, is a mountain in The Lakes. This is the most northerly of the Coniston Fells, the range of fells to the northwest of Coniston village. Wetherlam’s northeast slopes descend to Little Langdale.
Wetherlam has three natural starting points for an ascent: the valleys of Tilberthwaite to the east, the village of Conison to the south and Little Langdale to the northeast. However, Wetherlam can also be climbed as part of the Coniston Round, which is a circuit of the skyline of the Coppermines Valley that takes in Swirl How, Brim Fell, the Old Man of Coniston and, optionally, Dow Crag.
The summit of Wetherlam is a gentle dome, which has a cairn marking the highest point. The Southern, Central and Eastern fells are all clearly visible, however, the view of Little Langdale is possibly the most impressive. Wetherlam is the most industrialised of the Lake District fells as on all sides of it’s slopes it is pitted with disused copper mines and slate quarries.
Coppermines Valley, which is to the south of Wetherlam, was the principal copper mining area. However, Alfred Wainwright, the guidebook author, British hillwalker and illustrator, stated that “this fine hill … is too vast and sturdy to be disfigured and weakened by man’s feeble scratchings of it’s surface.”