The excellence of the weather was matched by the excellence of this high-level walk starting at
in Wasdale. Overbeck Bridge
Height was gained quickly up the south ridge of Yewbarrow towards Bell Rib with plenty of other walkers having the same idea. But most chose to follow the better path to the ridge, avoiding the interesting gully leading directly to Great Door. Only the final few metres provided any sport of note, but the top-out is magnificent as it finishes on a narrow ridge with a precipitous drop on the Wasdale side. Not a place to be recommended in high winds.
Slightly further along the ridge towards the summit, I had a conversation with a couple extolling the merits of the Wainwright guidebooks and they told me of their super week of walking so far – so much so that they were extending their stay. I told them that today was forecast to have the last of the good weather but I suspect that it wasn’t going to put them off !
The summit ridge of Yewbarrow is an excellent vantage point for views of the surrounding fells. Superb views of Red Pike, Pillar, Great Gable and the Scafell massif make a wonderful vista of some of the highest mountains in the country. Add to that the scene of Wastwater and its screes, it is apparent why Wasdale is such a well-loved valley.
|Wastwater and the Screes|
With only ten Wainwrights left to tick, this walk saw the last of those over 2500 feet bagged. Only one (which will complete my round) of the ten to be ticked is over 2000 feet.