18th March 2011

A sunny walk up Yewbarrow


Walk Overview
Time 12.10 to 14.50
Duration 2 hr 40 min
Distance 3.5 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with On my own
Overbeck Bridge - Great Door - Yewbarrow - Overbeck - below Dropping Crag - Ovebeck 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

I had a drive into Wasdale this afternoon for a short walk up Yewbarrow. I wouldn't say this was my favourite valley, but I do enjoy walking here. So when I think about how close it is to home, I really should make the effort to walk here a bit more often than I do. Never mind, it was a lovely afternoon and this is a great little route on a rocky and somewhat adventurous fell.

Wast Water and The Screes.

Well, you can't complain about a long walk in before begin this climb. It's out of the car park, follow the beck for a couple of minutes, and then this.

Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Scafell and Slight Side. Scafell looks much higher from here, which of course it isn't.

A view across to Seatallan.

Looking up the route, as the steepness begins to kick in

and looking back down.

Now for the awkward bit. It is manageable enough, but you do need both hands and feet.

Wast Water, seen 'through' Great Door. The tarn in the background is Burnmoor Tarn.

Scafell Pike, Scafell and Slight Side taken from Great Door.

Once properly on the ridge, Kirk Fell and Great Gable show themselves at the head of the valley.

After walking past the false summit at the end of the ridge, the real one comes into view. Red Pike and Pillar are the fells on the left of the picture.

Yewbarrow summit. Kirk Fell is right behind the cairn, Great Gable is to the right and the dark fell in the far distance is Skiddaw.

A close up of Burnmoor Tarn. I haven't been to Burnmoor Tarn since October 2009 so I think it's about time I paid a visit.

Rather than continue to the end of the ridge and descend Stirrup Crag, I cut down to Over Beck from the middle of the ridge.

A view up to Dore Head.

Red Pike, seen across Over Beck.

Rocks, crags and scree.

Another picture looking back towards Red Pike, this one was taken shortly before I began the steep descent back to the car.

I did say it was steep.

One final picture, looking across to the Scafell fells.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks