Wether Hill is a fell in the English Lake District
located between Martindale and Haweswater. It lies on the main
north-south ridge of the Far Eastern Fells between Loadpot Hill and High
Raise. Lesser ridges also radiate out to the east and north-west.
North of Wether Hill across a broad depression, is Loadpot Hill, the
height of the two being almost equal.
Flowing east from this col
is Howe Grain, a feeder of Cawdale Beck. This in turn flows through a
U-shaped valley and finally, renamed Howes Beck, passes through Bampton
to the Lowther.
Beck and the Haweswater catchment further south runs Wether Hill's three
mile eastern ridge. This begins at High Kop on the summit plateau and
then narrows to form the subsidiary height of Low Kop (1,876 ft).
From here a spur runs north east down The Hause into Cawdale. The
east ridge however continues over Bampton Fell to a series of rocky tops
above the northern shore of Haweswater.
Among these are Four
Stones Hill (complete with standing stones), Great and Little Birkhouse
Hills and Pinnacle How, before the high ground peters out at Haweswater
South of Wether Hill the main ridge narrows before
climbing to Red Crag, an outlier of High Raise. Flowing east from this
depression are the feeders of Measand Beck. This runs below Low Kop and
Bampton Fell, entering Haweswater halfway along the northern edge.
Before the raising of the lake, silt carried down Measand Beck
formed The Straits, a narrow waist between the two halves of the
original lake. The area was farmed from Measand Beck Hall now submerged.
The western face of Wether Hill falls steeply into Rampsgill, part
of the Martindale valley system, with some broadleaved plantations at
the base. Partway down the slope is the protuberance of Gowk Hill
(1,545 ft). This is a round grassy dome from which a rocky spur descends
northwards over Brownthwaite Crag and Steel Knotts. Enclosed between
this and Loadpot Hill is the little valley of Fusedale.
grassy top of Wether Hill has two summits of similar height. The
southern is broader but the northern top bears a cairn and is the
traditional summit. High Kop and the start of the east ridge fall from
the south summit.
The Roman road (High Street), which runs along
the north-south ridge, narrowly avoids both tops.
There are good
views west to the Helvellyn range and a wide vista toward the Pennines
in the opposite direction.
Ascents from Martindale can be made
via Steel Knotts or Fusedale. From Haweswater (Burnbanks) the approach
can be made via Measand Beck or the east ridge.
The east ridge
can also be gained halfway along via The Hause from Bampton.
Wether Hill is often climbed from the Roman road while passing along the
main ridge from High Raise to Loadpot Hill.
routes near Wether Hill