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
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.
routes near Yoke