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Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: United Kingdom, Europe

Lat/Lon: 54.46470°N / 3.2765°W

Object Title: Yewbarrow

County: Cumbria

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 2060 ft / 628 m


Page By: Seferix

Created/Edited: Jan 24, 2013 / Feb 2, 2013

Object ID: 835170

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Wastwater and The Screes from Yewbarrow
The Screes and Wast Water from the top of Great Door

Yewbarrow Summit
Yewbarrow Summit

Yewbarrow is a mountain of distinctive shape set amongst the high fells in the Wasdale valley. When viewed from Wast Water its shape appears like an upturned boat making it easily identifiable from the drive into the valley. The top of Stirrup Crag forms a second summit 616 metres high, half a mile north of the main summit.

The name is derived from the past prevalence of yew trees on the fell and its "barrow" shape.

Getting There

Yewbarrow is located at the end of Wasdale Head on the south western side of Lakeland with access only by a narrow minor road to the west. Wasdale is signposted from Gosforth.

To get there from the east, follow the A66 past Keswick and to Cockermouth. At the Roundabout in Cockermouth turn left to follow the A5086 to Egremont and then the A595 to Gosforth.

Red Tape

No Red Tape.


The top of Bell Rib
Bell Rib

There are two campsite in Wasdale Head just a mile away to the east.

Another campsite is located about 3 miles to the south west at Nether Wasdale.
Yewbarrow from Mosedale
Yewbarrow from Mosedale

External Links

Information and Photos on Yewbarrow.


Routes up Yewbarrow
Routes up Yewbarrow

Route 1 - Blue
This is the main (and best in my opinion) route up Yewbarrow. Starting at Overbeck Bridge, it follows the south western spine up towards Bell Rib. Once you arrive at Bell Rib then things get a bit more interesting! The route up is an exciting scramble of roughly grade 1 (some loose scree so take care) right up to the top of Bell Rib - and when you arrive there the views are tremendous.

Route 2 - Green
This is a longer ascent which takes you up the Over Beck valley. The start is more gentle and takes you up to the northern tip of Yewbarrow just below Stirrup Crag. The ascent of Stirrup Crag is an exciting easy rocky scramble.

Route 3 - Red
This is the most direct route to Yewbarrow from Wasdale Head but is by far the steepest! The last part of the route up to the col just below Stirrup Crag is on loose scree and very steep.


The top of Bell RibThe path to Bell RibCrowds on YewbarrowView south along the broad summit ridge of Yewbarrow. The mountain in the distance is Illgill Head.YewbarrowScrambling up Yewbarrow is easy - you can even bring your dogYewbarrow Summit
Wastwater and The Screes from YewbarrowGreat Door - YewbarrowAnnotated 180 degrees panorama from YewbarrowLooking down  from Yewbarrow\'s summit ridge, between Bell Rib and Overbeck CragStirrup Crag detailBell Rib - YewbarrowWast Water from Yewbarrow
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