Yewbarrow stands proud on the southern slopes of Upper Wasdale. The views are spectacular over the lake and the Scafells due to its steep slopes. Climb it by its south west ridge and appreciate a fine mountain.
Yewbarrow may be surrounded by many of the Lakeland giants but in my opinion a walk up its steep slopes outshines many of them. It is a waste to leave it as an add on to the Pillar round . Tiredness will remove the enjoyment of its craggy flanks, entertaining scrambling, spectacular views of Great Gable, Pillar and the tumbling screes of Wastwater. Its profile is often described as an upturned boat well viewed on the drive down the shores of Wastwater.
As with all walks in Wasdale the initial climb is steep. However I prefer gaining height quickly and having a more leisurely finish. The path disappears before the main ridge is reached. However the route is never more than a scramble. It is one of the most enjoyable scrambles in the Lake District. The ridge abruptly ends on the high ridge just shy of the south top. After a pleasant 1/2 a mile of easy walking between the two summits there is another short scramble down to the col at Dore Head and a pleasant stroll above the stream back to your start point. There is not a finer walk in the Lake District.
I like to take my time on Yewbarrow. It is a great mountain to look for the perfect photograph!
One of the main features of a map I look for is the tightness of the contour lines. When they merge then I tend to avoid them. In this case there is just enough space between them to make the climb of Yewbarrow a steep but highly enjoyable climb with a little scrambling.
Love yewbarrow clim both ascent and descent did with wife on her birthday both agreed favourite walk ever 🙂
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