Yewbarrow

There was a bit of a change in the weather today and it was completely different to the wet and windy weather of the last week…

Yewbarrow

Height: 628 metres / 2060 feet Grid reference: NY 17338 08472 Category: The Western Fells

Yewbarrow has two tops, North and South – the south one is the recognised top. It is recognisable in the Lake District logo on the classic Wast Water shot.

Yewbarrow

Summer is here in a big way and today it was really warm early on and beautiful conditions for a walk up to Yewbarrow. Today I took out my new camera for the first time to give it a whirl, hopefully I can do it justice when I get used to it (it is a Nikon D610 with a 24-85 lens for those that are interested in such things).

Yewbarrow

I was looking forward to getting to Wasdale once more, it seems like ages since I was over that way. The weather started off looking quite promising but by the end of the walk it had clouded over and ended up a little dull but the great scrambling sections at either end of the fell made up for that.

Yewbarrow

I obviously didn’t get enough of the rough stuff yesterday on Great Gable and I was irresistibly drawn back to Wasdale and had a walk across Yewbarrow. I couldn’t help thinking back to Friday’s walk to High Pike – on the trig. column there is an inscription which says ‘Caldbeck fells are worth all England else’. Whoever thought of that one surely can’t have been to Wasdale…

Yewbarrow

Firstly, an apology to regular viewers about the length of time taken for the site to load over the last week or so. This has been caused by the number of hits received from people looking at the flood photos. Hopefully things have calmed down a bit now and the site should be back to normal.

Things have turned decidedly colder over the weekend with many of the fells having a snow cap on them now. I headed to Wasdale for a walk over Yewbarrow but there wasn’t much snow around up there, just a sprinkling really. It was mighty cold though and temperatures are set to plummet further overnight so perhaps winter has finally arrived.

Yeewbarrow

What a gorgeous summer day today, the best this year that I have been out in for sure. I headed over to Wasdale and had a walk up to Yewbarrow which is always a great walk. I managed to find not one but two places to have a welcome dip today and there is no better feeling than having a bathe in cool, fresh water on a day such as today.

Regular viewers will know that I have been writing a feature for Lake District Life magazine for the last couple of years. That magazine is now defunct and has amalgamated with the much bigger Lancashire Life. I am pleased to announce that I have now signed up to write a column in there starting from the August issue – stick with me Casper lad, I’ll make you a star!

Mosedale Horseshoe

It was fantastically clear today with views for miles and miles. Certainly this is one of my favourite walks, it being quite arduous and rough at all times. Coupled with a visit to Pillar, my absolute favourite fell it made for a great day out on the high fells.

Yewbarrow

The sun and blue sky made a welcome appearance this morning for a lovely warm walk for the time of year. I made an unusual route of return via the quiet but delightful Low Tarn. It was lovely up there today, a really idyllic place – I think I’ll have to return in summer for a swim.

Mosedale Horseshoe

It was a funny old day today, weather-wise. When I set off from Overbeck Bridge, it was raining and showers continued over Yewbarrow with the odd ominous rumble of thunder. When the rain stopped, it became very hazy and warm and by the time I got to Pillar it was sunny, but with gale force winds which were present until I got back to valley level where it became almost unbearably hot. Angus and Casper were resplendent with new summer haircuts – it takes years off Angus, I think. It was quite an arduous round this one – a new one for Casper as it was very rocky with a few scrambles, Angus of course, took it all in his stride.

Yewbarrow

Today’s walk in cooler weather than recently was up to Yewbarrow from Wasdale. This walk starts with a steep ascent from Overbeck Bridge followed by a scree climb and a walk along the full length of the ridge before another scramble down Stirrup Crag before contouring back along Yewbarrow’s western slopes. A lovely, shorter walk which gives good views to the head of Wasdale, the Scafells and Great Gable.

Yewbarrow

Today’s walk is a walk over shapely Yewbarrow, a fell that often missed when walking from Wasdale as it doesn’t fit neatly with other rounds. Whilst the weather wasn’t great today it was still worth the walk up – the moment when Great Door appeared after a hard scramble was certainly the highlight.

Pillar

Wasdale Head – Black Sails Pass – Looking Stead – Pillar (18) – Scoat Fell (19) – Steeple (20) – Scoat Fell – Red Pike (Wasdale) (21) – Yewbarrow (22) – Wasdale Head