7th August 2009

A change of plan lead me onto Yewbarrow


Walk Overview
Duration 3 hr
Distance 3.7 mile
Ascent 1990 ft
Walking with On my own
Overbeck Bridge - Great Door - Yewbarrow - Gosforth Crag Moss - Over Beck - 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 view up the very steep fellside on Yewbarrow.
I had intended to walk up Lingmell this afternoon, but struggling to find a parking space made it easy to change my mind and back track along Wasdale as far as Overbeck Bridge. Apart from the car park being full, Lingmell and the Scafells were in the shade, so for this afternoon at least, Yewbarrow seemed like a better choice.

Another view up Yewbarrow.

Lingmell, Scafell Pike (under cloud), Scafell and Slight Side.

Now it begins to get really steep.

Red Pike (in the shade) and Knott Ends. The faint line running down the fellside above the beck is the path I followed later in the walk.


A well worn and eroded path, but quite manageable with a good deal of care.

And now, looking back down towards Wasdale. Just to add a little scale to the photo, there are actually two people standing further down the scree section. These were a couple from The New Forest who were on their first visit to the Lake District.

Almost at the top of the ridge now and looking through the aptly named Great Door.
On the opposite side of Wast Water are Illgill Head and Burnmoor Tarn.


I know this isn't the summit cairn, but it still provides a nice foreground for this picture across to Kirk Fell and Great Gable.

That ones the summit.

Lingmell, Great End, Broad Crag and the Scafells, now almost free from cloud. Perhaps I should have persevered and found somewhere to park after all; not that I wasn't enjoying this walk you understand.

Dropping down from Yewbarrow to Overbeck with Pillar in the background.

Over Beck.


Not quite today, but there must be times when Brimfull Beck lives up to its rather ambitious name.

A view back up Over Beck with Red Pike high up on the skyline.

Now it was time to cross back onto the other side of Over Beck.


A small tree in front of two big fells.

Back on the ridge below Yewbarrow. This time heading down rather than up.

An ever brightening scene across on Lingmell and the Scafells.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks