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I decided to return to a route I did with Rambling Pete back in March, when the fells were under a couple of feet of snow – we’d not managed to ascend Yarlside because of the snow and ice, so I wanted to come back and bag a couple of Yorkshire Top 30s and visit the top.

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Parking in Newbiggin-on-Lune again

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Looking across to the long narrow valley of Bowderdale

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Approaching the mouth of Bowderdale, along a very boggy and very wet path

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Bowderdale with Yarlside at its head

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
The path through Bowderdale, very easy to follow and a bit wet in places

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Yarlside grows ever bigger as I get futher down the valley

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Cautley Spout from the path ascending Yarlside – the path is very faint, but once you find it, its fine

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Cautley Spout with the Calf behind

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
The Lakeland fells from the summit of Yarlside – I could pick out Great Gable and the Scafells from the summit here

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Looking down onto Kensgriff (centre) and randygill Top (left) from the summit of Yarlside

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Looking back to Yarlside – its very steep and there’s no path to speak of – we would never have made it in March with all the snow on the flanks

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Looking up Randygill Top

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
A zoom on the Lake District from randygill Top – how many can you name from here – without the guides?

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Looking to Green Bell from the descent from Randygill Top

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Weasdale

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
The last section is almost pathless and very boggy

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Following a little footpath back into Newbiggin

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
Problem is, no-one uses it, so its very overgrown – thank goodness for the marker posts

Yarlside from Newbiggin-on-Lune
This is the footpath – looking back from the outside – the owner of the house has removed the footpath sign from his fence post to deter walkers. I remember when Pete and I were here last time thinking “the path can’t be through this garden” and turning round and walking back through the village. The other side of the fence post has a yellow marker on it, but not this side – cheeky sod!

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2 thoughts on “Walk Report: Yarlside”

  1. Martin, glad to be of service 🙂
    At least my team, Man City, got a win today, so something to be cheerful about.
    Good luck to Norwich this season, quite a few ties between the two clubs in the past.

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