31st January 2010

It turned into a lovely sunny day at Troutbeck


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 14.00
Duration 4 hr 10 min
Distance 8 mile
Ascent 2200 ft
Walking with on my own
Church Bridge - Garburn Pass - Backstone Barrow - Sour Howes - Moor Head - Sallows - Garburn Nook - Sheepfold - track below Lowther Brow - Troutbeck Tongue - Hall Hill - Ing Bridge - Ing Lane - Truss Lane - Troutbeck Church - Church Bridge
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces, Church Bridge, Troutbeck

There isn't a great deal of room here; perhaps a few more than half a dozen spaces if you're lucky. Once these are taken however, people generally begin to park along the road near the church.

Parking is free

There are lots of walking on offer from this spot, but for myself, I find this an ideal place to head out onto the western arm of the Kentmere horseshoe.


Route Map

Looking up the bottom section of Garburn Pass. To say the least, this is extremely rough under foot, and it gets worse.

Troutbeck Tongue below Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick and Thornthwaite Crag.

When I left home today I had no plans at all. It was simply going to be one of those wait and see what takes my fancy mornings. I did pass a few places that I could have happily walked from, but I just seemed to keep going, and going, and going. By the time I got to Ambleside, I suddenly had the idea of heading onto Sour Howes, Sallows and Troutbeck Tongue.

Windermere seen from the route up Sour Howes.

A not so close, close up of Troutbeck.

Sour Howes summit.

It looks like the forecast for clearing skies was going to be right after all. About fifteen minutes after taking this picture I was in the sunshine and it turned into the perfect winters day.

Snow drifts on route to Sallows.


I took this picture looking across to Red Screes at the point where I rejoined the Garburn Pass track. I was only on the track for a couple of minutes before I took an off path route back down to the valley.

And this was the reason why I took such an odd route down to the valley.

Yoke; taken from the small stream next to the sheepfold.

A close up of Troutbeck Park.

Troutbeck Tongue.

Troutbeck Tongue.

Crossing Hagg Gill.

A long distance view towards Threshthwaite Mouth (the lowest point on the skyline). I took this from the direct route I took upto Troutbeck Tongue.

The route was steep by the way.

Troutbeck Tongue summit.

Looking through Troutbeck valley with Windermere in the distance.

Off the fell now, via this not so obvious gate.

Troutbeck Park and Troutbeck Tongue.

Troutbeck Park and Troutbeck Tongue.

Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick, taken from the road through the valley.

Truss Lane, above Troutbeck valley.
The diagonal line running under the trees (top right) is Garburn Pass.

A couple of minutes from the end of the walk at Troutbeck Church.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks