12th November 2008

A couple of hours on Yewbarrow


Walk Overview
Time 12.30 to 15.10
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 4.1mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with On my own
Overbeck Bridge - Dropping Crag - Great Door - Yewbarrow - above Stirrup Crag - below Dore Head - Dropping Crag - Overbeck Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Overbeck Bridge, Wasdale

Although this is a reasonably sized car park, this is a very popular area and during the summer months it fills up pretty quickly. Yewbarrow rises high above this car park so for those with a liking for steep, challenging fells this is the ideal spot.

Parking is free.


Route Map

The classic of all the classic Lake District pictures, showing Yewbarrow, Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell; oh yes, and Wast Water. I took this on my drive through the valley to walk up Yewbarrow, the fell on the left hand side of the picture.

Just before setting of I nipped across the road to take some pictures of Overbeck Bridge, seen here with Yewbarrow behind.

Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Scafell and Slight Side.


Looking back down the wall I'd followed up the fellside. It is as steep as it looks by the way.

Heading up beside Dropping Crag with a view across to the aptly named Brimfull Beck.

And now it gets really steep.

Looking back down.

The rocks were a bit wet and slippery on this section, although going up and being on a route I know, made it manageable enough. However, they were slippery enough the put me off using Stirrup Crag as a descent route off the opposite end of the ridge. Having been there before I was aware of the couple of long leg stretches that are needed, add this to the fact I was on my own and with only a couple of hours of light left, I opted to use the little path which drops down from the middle of the ridge. Common sense prevails!

Wast Water and Burnmoor Tarn framed here by the two sides of Great Door.

A little further along, the view opens up to show the Wasdale Head end of Wast Water.

After a sunny start to the walk, the cloud had gradually built up from the coast and by the time I started to cross the ridge it had reached quite a few of the western fells, including Great Gable, which can be seen here.

Walking across to Yewbarrow's summit.

A close up of Great Gable; slowly disappearing behind the ever increasing cloud.


Pillar seen here behind one of the crags I had to walk 'under' to get down to the Dore Head path.

The view back up to Dore Head, and surprise surprise the sun was starting to break through again.

I took this picture, looking to Red Pike, near the wall seen in the 5th picture and at the point where the path splits.
The one on the right is the one I used on the ascent.
The one on the left (going straight ahead) is the one I'd followed from Dore Head.

Scafell Pike, Scafell and Slight Side.
Despite the cloudier conditions further inland, the coastal area was clear again, and the lowering sun was beginning to work its magic by lighting up the fells with a gorgeous late afternoon light.


Another picture of Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Scafell and Slight Side. This one showing a small group of Yewbarow residents who couldn't care less about the time of day.

One final picture looking back up to Yewarrow.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks