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Height: 706m (2,316ft) GPS: NY 43773 06734 Walking Routes

Yoke is a fell in the Lake District in Cumbria, has a height of 706 m (2,316 ft) and is situated in the far eastern sector of the national park, 7 kilometres north east of the town of Ambleside. It is the southern extremity of the long ridge that runs southwards from the fell of High Street.

Yoke’s name is believed to be derived from the Old English language word 'geoc' which is similar to the German word 'joch' meaning mountain ridge.


Yoke’s most interesting topographic feature is Rainsborrow Crag on the Kentmere side of the fell. This is a 300 metre precipice which falls away to the valley floor and the crags have attracted top rock climbers. The little known Rainsborrow Tarn stands on the edge of the crags.

It is possible that the Roman road between Ambleside and Penrith came over the slopes of Yoke as old maps have shown short stretches marked “roman road” on the fell. Yoke shows signs of former quarrying on both its Troutbeck and Kentmere flanks.

The view from the top of the fell takes in good views of Windermere and Morecambe Bay, although this view is better from a cairn 100 metres to the south. There is also a good view of the higher fells to the west around Coniston, Langdale and beyond.

The view north is obstructed by the higher fell of Ill Bell although the summit of High Street can just be seen. Kentmere Reservoir can be viewed by walking 150 metres north west of the summit to the top of Star Crag.

Yoke is not known to Lake District writers as one of the most attractive fells but it is climbed frequently as part of the Kentmere Horseshoe, a 19 kilometre walk with 1,100 metres of ascent that starts and finishes in the village of Kentmere. It takes in the other fells of Kentmere Pike, Harter Fell, Mardale Ill Bell, Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick and Ill Bell.

Most common direct ascents go via the summit of the Garburn Pass (Byway open to all traffic), which can be reached either from Kentmere or Troutbeck.

At the top of the pass the walker turns northwards following a wall over initial boggy ground to reach the summit of the fell. Some repair work has been done on these southern slopes of Yoke to address the problem of footpath erosion.

Walking routes near Yoke

 

 

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