10th August 2006

An evening walk up Yewbarrow


Walk Overview
Time 18.25 to 20.55
Duration 2hr 30 min
Distance 3.8 mile
Ascent 1995 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Overbeck Bridge - Yewbarrow - Stirrup Crag - Dore Head - 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

Wast Water and the Scafells taken just after the start of the walk.
Given the amount of dark clouds in the sky, we were both surprised at just how clear it was. A good choice for a walk, considering we didn't actually make final the decision to do the walk until 4pm.

And again from further up the path.

Looking back down our route from the stile we used to cross the wall. The car park is in the trees on the right hand side of the picture, so you can tell from this photo that there's no easy lead into this walk, it's straight onto steep fellside.

A section of the rocky gully we climbed after crossing the wall in the previous picture.

And looking back down.

Dow Crag, Great How, Harter Fell, Caw and Green Crag.
The tarn in the picture is Burnmoor Tarn.

A close up of Lingmell, Broad Crag, Scafell Pike and Scafell. The dark pointed fell in the right of the photo is Slight Side.
We were almost at the top of the steep ascent now and were starting to feel the effect of the wind. The sections of sunlight were moving so quickly that it was difficult to get the camera out in time to take the pictures.

Great Gable with the cloud just starting to cover the summit.

Another photo looking across to Burnmoor Tarn. The fell with the sunlight on is Great How.

And then the sunshine reached us, but only for a few seconds.

Kirk Fell and Great Gable seen from the Yewbarrow ridge. Notice the cloud has got that little bit lower on Great Gable.

Wasdale Head with Great End, Broad Crag, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell behind.

A very steep and rocky descent to Dore Head.
When you reach the end of the ridge the ground almost disappears below you and to get to Dore Head there are a few extremely steep sections like this where some long leg stretches are needed.

The light was fading fast now, but the last of the evenings sunshine was still lighting up the area of fellside between Irton Pike and Whin Rigg.

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Lake District Walks