Yoke from below

Yoke from the Garburn Pass road

Height: 2309 feet above sea level in the first edition, but 2316′ in the second.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 9th April 2009 (walk 12). Second visit: 5th August 2016 (walk 115).

Bagged as number: First round: 38 of 330. [ << Armboth Fell (37)  (39) Ill Bell >> ]

Yoke and Ill Bell

Yoke (left) and Ill Bell, from Mardale Ill Bell

Second round: 61 of 330. [ << Ill Bell (60)  (62) Hopegill Head >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Approached from Windermere station, over Orrest Head and then up the Dubbs Road to Garburn Pass. Note this is a long walk – just under 5.5 miles from Windermere. Left along the ridge to Ill Bell.

Second visit: Reversed this, basically, although my route back to Windermere was not quite the opposite of the first.

Yoke summit

Yoke summit cairn

What Mr Wainwright says (from page 2 of his chapter): “Yoke is best known as the southern outpost of the Ill Bell ridge leading up to High Street from Garburn Pass and is usually dismissed as a dull unattractive mound. As seen from Troutbeck, this seems a quite accurate assessment, but the Kentmere flank is very different, abounding in interest. On this side, below the summit, is the formidable thousand-foot precipice of Rainsborrow Crag… and, rising above Kentmere village, is a knobbly spur that looks like the knuckles of a clenched fist – a place of rocky excrescences, craggy tors and tumbled boulders, and a fine playground for a mountaineering novice.”

Yoke from Ill Bell

Yoke from Ill Bell

What I say: I have not done a great job of ever seeing, let alone exploring, this more dramatic side of Yoke. Most visitors and viewers will see only the duller south and west slopes that rise above Garburn Pass and Troutbeck. The picture here is my best effort.

However, Yoke certainly plays its part as the start (or end) of one of the best ridges in the whole Lake District, the Ill Bell ridge. It is never going to be something climbed for its own sake but as a supporting actor it does its bit.

And one more distinction – alphabetically, it is the very last of the 330 Wainwrights.

[ << Yewbarrow ]


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