• Some excellent scrambling along the ridge
  • Views in all directions are excellent
  • A picture perfect little mountain

Yewbarrow may be surrounded by many of the Lakeland giants but in my opinion a walk up its steep slopes outshines them all. I think it is a waste to leave it as the concluding peak on a typical Pillar round as 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 and it makes a striking site on the drive down the shores of Wastwater.

As with all walks in Wasdale the initial climb is steep but I prefer gaining height quickly and having a more leisurely finish. The path disappears before the main ridge is reached but the route is never be more than a scramble (if you do not fancy it though.. turn back). It is one of my most enjoyable scrambles in the Lakes – popping out 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 and spend more time with the camera trying to get that perfect shot!

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL6 The English Lakes South West. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 168069. Overbeck Bridge has an NT car park. Head directly up the spine of Yewbarrow before veering north towards the cleft of the Great Door.
Height to Climb: 514ms (1,686 feet)
Terrain: Some of the steeper paths nearer the high ridge are badly eroded and loose. The scrambling is firm.
Eating & Drinking: The Wasdale Head Hotel and bar is barely a mile from Overbeck.
Similar Walks Nearby: Pillar from Wasdale
Wasdale Screes from Nether Wasdale
Scafells from Wasdale Head
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