Saturday, 1 July 2000

Yewbarrow

The classic view of Yewbarrow over Wast Water
Height: 627m (2,057ft)
Prominence: 142m (466ft)
Region: Western Fells
Classifications: Nuttall, Hewitt, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Cairn
Times climbed: 1
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The Mosedale Horseshoe - 24/05/2015
The summit looking towards Sty Head
What Wainwright said:

"Many mountains have been described as having the shape of the inverted hull of a boat, but none of them more fittingly than Yewbarrow, which extends along the west side of Wasdale for two miles as a high and narrow ridge, the prow and the stern coming sharply down to the valley level with many barnacled incrustations".

Yewbarrow is on the left in the classic view of Great Gable and Wast Water. The name is derived from the past prevalence of yew trees on the fell and its "barrow" shape.

Although smaller than the other fells surrounding Wasdale Head the ascent of Yewbarrow by the two traditional routes involves some scrambling.

The summit bears a cairn set on grass, perhaps a surprise after the rough ascent. Yewbarrow is an excellent vantage point for the high fells in this part of the Lake District. Its unique location makes it the only place to enjoy uninterrupted views of the Scafells, Great Gable, Kirk Fell and Pillar.