Yewbarrow, despite its steep-sided appearance, is relatively lowly in stature, when compared to many of its neighbours. However, it lacks for nothing in terms of the drama involved in its northern and southern lines of ascent/descent, as well as with respect to the splendid views it commands across to the west, east and north.
The ascent was from the foot of Overbeck, via the ‘notch’ between Bell Cap and Dropping Crag in the southern nose, leading to the glorious ‘escape hatch’ of Great Door. Thence along to the summit of Stirrup Crag at the northern end, and then down by the gently sloping route on the western flank to Dore Head, and finally along Overbeck dale and back to its mouth at the Wasdale Road.
Splendid views from the Great Door area in particular, and also from Stirrup Crag summit, the latter providing an excellent opportunity to survey the triumphs of the previous day’s round of Mosedale in more relaxing circumstances!
This walk completed an excellent two days of late sunny summer trekking in the area, staying overnight at the Wasdale Head Inn, a ‘great escape’ I look forward to repeating as frequently as possible!
(Highest point: 2058 ft/ 627 m. Distance: 4.45 miles/ 7.16 km. Ascent: 2131 ft./ 649 m.)

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