Yewbarrow via Bell Rib
Date: 29th March 2018 Distance: 11.7km (7.27 Miles) Parking: Roadside by Wast Water
Start Location: Wasdale Ascent (m/ft): 777m (2549ft) Weather:


Time Started: 08:45 Highest Point: Yewbarrow (628m/2060ft) Difficulty: Difficult
Duration: 5 Hours 2 Minutes        
Route: Wast Water - Netherbeck Bridge - Overbeck Bridge - Dropping Crag - Great Door - Yewbarrow (628m/2060ft) - Yewbarrow North Top (616m/2021ft) - Stirrup Crag - Dore Head - Gosforth Crag Moss - Over Beck - Overbeck Bridge - Netherbeck Bridge - Wast Water

After a long drive round to Wasdale the plan for todays walk was Yewbarrow, and if I feel like it to continue up the ridge to Red Pike and continue along the tops to Haycock. After the arduous ascent up Yewbarrow via Bell Rib I didn't feel I had the neergy or time to continue along the longer walk and descended via the valley on Yewbarrow's north western side.

Do take a look at the video as some of footage is breathtaking!

I opted to start by the sign post midway down Wast Water in the event that I did the longer walk today which meant a longer walk in towards Yewbarrow but also gave me some amazing views down the lake to Wasdale Head.

The Screes on the opposite side of the lake.

Following the lakeshore road towards Yewbarrow.

Yewbarrow - looking like an upturned boat from this angle.

The sunny slopes of Middle Fell.

You can see my route of ascent in this photo along the straight wall up the fell. I will be following the right side of the wall.

As you approach Yewbarrow its shape turns more pyramid-like.

A glimpse of Great Gable.

This is where I turned left to begin my ascent. If you are just wanting to climb Yewbarrow then this is the best place to park.

A view down to Wast Water and the Screes from the ascent.

Just crossing the wall via a ladder stile before heading up to the bottom of the crag.

Middle Fell.

The zig-zag pitched and scrambly path heads between the two crags.

Although exhausing you are treated to amazing views!

A look down the scree and rock.

Now at the top of the steepest part. I believe this is Great Door - a huge cleft and dramatic view to Burnmoor Tarn and Wast Water.

Breathtaking Wasdale scenery.

Middle Fell and Seatallan.

One of the best views of the Scafells.

Great Gable.

Following the easy path to the summit...

A view over to Haycock beyond Low Tarn.

Yewbarrow Summit cairn and view to Pillar.

The large cairn with the Scafells behind.

Still has to be the best vantage point for the Scafells...

Kirk Fell and Great Gable.

Haycock, Low Tarn and Red Pike.

Great Gable.

Kirk Fell. The fell is actually seen at its best from the north side of Yewbarrow.

The north summit. Beyond is Skiddaw with a dusting of snow.

A view back to the main summit.

The cairn on the north summit.

The Scafells again with the network of fields seen clearly down at Wasdale Head.

The best view of Kirk Fell.

Pillar and Mosedale.

Red Pike.

Looking down the steep and rocky descent of Stirrup Crag.

One of the harder rocky sections to descent.

And another...

A view back down to Wast Water.

Brimfull Beck cascading down the fellside.