Yewbarrow - Wednesday 29 June 2011
Overbeck Bridge - Dore Head - Stirrup Crag - Yewbarrow - Wasdale Head Road - Overbeck Bridge
Overbeck Bridge (Donation) - Grid Ref NY168069
Excellent path to Dore Head with some light scrambling up Stirrup Crag. We descended from Yewbarrow down the mountain side with no recognised path.
Sunny with light breezes
OL6 - The English Lakes (South Western Area)
Drove straight to the Lake District from Dave's parents in Liverpool for 4 days walking and decided to head straight to Wasdale before going to our B&B in Troutbeck Bridge. Yewbarrow was our 45th Wainwright on Angie's 45th birthday! We had caught Wasdale on a very rare day of nice weather therefore we set off from Overbeck Bridge having already taken some good photographs of "The View" (see below). Deciding against a direct ascent of Bell Rib, we took the good path to the West of Dropping Crag and ascended gently to Dore Head where the are good views to be had. At this point we saw a couple making the ascent of Red Pike to the left and were sorely tempted to follow them up but conscious of the time we instead turned right to scramble up Stirrup Crag on to the top of Yewbarrow.
Yewbarrow has two summits, the North Top and the South Top which is the recognised Summit. Having visited both and taken many photographs of the superb views we made our way down the fell side and aimed for the road below. We would not ordinarily do this, preferring to keep to recognised paths but the ascent was not particularly difficult and it got us down quicker. This was our first visit to Wasdale and it is clearly a very beautiful part of the Lake District.
One of our favourite photographs of "The View" - Wast Water with L-R Yewbarrow, Great Gable and Lingmell
The Wasdale Screes over Wast Water
Bell Rib and the Southern tip of Yewbarrow
Looking across Wast Water to the Scafell Pikes
Looking down Wast Water with Whin Rigg left
Kirk Fell with the pudding shape of Great Gable behind
Mosedale & The Black Sail Pass between Pillar & Kirk Fell
Another view of Lingmell and The Scafells
Great Gable, Styhead and The Scafells
The view from the North Top of Yewbarrow - Robinson, Skiddaw and Hindscarth
Angie on the Summit of Yewbarrow with Kirk Fell, Great Gable and Lingmell - not a bad view eh?
Wast Water on the descent
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