20th April 2016

An after work walk on Yewbarrow

Time 4:30 to 6:50pm
Duration 2 hr 20 min
Distance 3.5 mile
Ascent Somewhere around 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


It was another lovely day in Lakeland and rather than miss out altogether, I head out for a short walk over Yewbarrow before going home from work. It's nice to end the day with a walk like this. Although, it may only have been 3 and a bit miles, but Yewbarrow is,as someone reminded me this week "a fell that deserves respect".

From the steps at the bottom I look up and even after many previous visits, I remind myself this is a steep one.


The view back down to Wast Water.


Looking up the rocky bit
and now looking back down.
If you're heading up here don't forget to bring plenty of care and attention with you.

Once you get past the steep, rocky section you reach what you could say was the actual ridge. From here the views open up to show Wast Water, Harter Fell, Dow Crag and even Coniston Old Man.

Kirk Fell and Great Gable seen from a cairn but it's not the summit one, that's a bit further along the ridge.

A close up of Burnmoor Tarn and Green Crag.

Yewbarrow summit. Pillar is behind, although you can't see much of that, but, on the right you can see most of Kirk Fell.

A broadside view of Lingmell, Broad Crag and the Scafells.


A close up of Scafell Pike. I wonder how many people have been up there today.

and, a close up of Mickledore, Symonds Knott and Scafell.

There are two normal (with paths) route to get off Yewbarrow on this walk. One is to continue along the ridge and drop steeply down to Dorehead over there or as I generally do, there's a path about half way along the ridge that takes you into Overbeck.

Wast Water, Illgill Head and Whin Rigg come back into view as I round the side of Yewbarrow.

And to finish, a photo of me taking a photo of Lingmell and the Scafells. You can tell it's me because I'm wearing glasses.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks