17th July 2013

An evening on Yewbarrow


Walk Overview
Time 4:40 to 7:00pm
Duration 2 hr 20 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

A dry and rocky looking Over Beck.
Fantastic, , , , the glorious summer weather is set to continue, the temperature is set to climb even higher and the people in charge have said we are officially experiencing a heat wave. A bonus for me is that by complete coincidence, the holiday we were going to book way back in January would have meant we'd have been away at this time and missed all this. Just out of curiosity I checked the forecast for the area we would have travelled to and unfortunately for them it's raining.

It looks like the footpath repair and maintenance department have been busy on Yewbarrow. If they can make as good a job of things as this, it proves they do actually know what they're doing. That in turn begs the question why were some of the other repair jobs ever allowed to be done to such an appalling standard. The ones that spring to mind are Stake Pass / Sail / Garburn Pass / Yoke. I'm sure you can think of others.

Looking across to Lingmell, Scafell Pike, Scafell and Slight Side.

I thought this was going to be a killer this evening but there was a really nice breeze blowing across the fell. And although it was a long way from being cool, it certainly kept things very comfortable.

A view down Wast Water, taken from the top of the stile used to cross the wall.

If you don't like using hands as well as feet you might as well turn back here. The route goes between the two prominent crags up to the low point on the skyline.

Now for the really steep bit. I must have been quite sheltered in here because the nice breeze I'd been enjoying ceased to exist for a while.

Turning around (carefully) to take a picture looking back down.

That's the hardest work over and as I take a breather I look sown to Wast Water and across to Burnmoor Tarn.

Haycock and Red Pike.

It was a bit hazy in the distance towards the coast, but Wast Water and The Screes looked clear enough.

Lingmell, the Scafells and the end of Wast Water.

A close up of Scafell Pike and the Hollow Stones route.

Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Great End.

Depending on the direction I was looking in, the views were incredibly clear this evening. Here's a close up of Great Gable to show what I mean.

Approaching Yewbarrow summit.

Three pictures taken from the summit:-
Kirk Fell and Great Gable behind.

Pillar and Red Pike

and the Scafells.

A close up of Mickledore Ridge.

From the summit I walked about half way across the ridge and then turned off to follow the diagonal path that takes you to Dore Head. This cuts out the need to walk down Stirrup Crag.

It was somewhere along this bit that I left the path and headed down to Over Beck.

Pillar seen behind Dore Head.


As you begin to round the end of Yewbarrow, Wast Water comes back into view.

You may think I'm talking rubbish, but that fell up there always reminds me of Pike O'Stickle (one of the Langdales).

Almost back at the stile now, but for the descent, I stayed on this side of the wall. If I'd have known there were so many hungry insects about I'd have tried my luck on the other side.

The leaning tree of Wasdale in front of Wast Water.

A final look up to Yewbarrow.

and to finish, a view across Wast Water to Great Gable, Lingmell, Scafell Pike and Scafell.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks