A superb walk from Burtersett to the top of Wether Fell enjoying wide ranging views of Wensleydale before returning via a stretch of the Cam High Road.
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Although this was my fourth time visiting Wether Fell it was the first time since 2004 that I'd approached the fell via the bridleway from Burtersett. On that occasion it was a very wet day with the track more like a shallow stream bed due to the amount of water running down it.
Happily on this occasion the weather could not have been better and the track provided a nicely graded climb enhanced by some quite wonderful views of Wensleydale. The views got even better after I made a detour to the top of the crags of Cavy Clints. The steep drop below the crags added depth to the views across Hawes towards the high fells of upper Wensleydale including Lunds Fell, Great Shunner Fell and Lovely Seat.
"As a 360 degree viewpoint the summit of Wether Fell is as good as anywhere in the Dales with most of the major hills easily identifiable."
Making my way back to the track it led me through some old quarry workings. At a series of shake holes beyond the second quarry I struck out from the bridleway to make my way to Wether Fell's summit cairn which is known as Drumaldrace. As a 360 degree viewpoint the summit of Wether Fell is as good as anywhere in the Dales with most of the major hills easily identifiable.
From Drumaldrace a short walk to the south brought me to the Cam High Road. After a straightforward mile and a half walk east along the old Roman road I came to the spot below Green Crag where a path is signposted off to the left to Burtersett. I was about to head in this direction when I heard a strange rumbling noise to my right. On closer investigation it turned out to be the sound of frogs calling to each other. While I was not quick enough to get a decent photo of the frogs there was plenty of spawn about to know what they were up to.
Having been distracted by the sounds of these amorous amphibians I finally turned around and set off on the path back to Burtersett. It was a simple descent with a few moist moments and some more grand views of Wensleydale. All in all this was a superb walk and more than made up for my first wet and murky experience of Wether Fell all those years ago.