6th March 2011

A long walk from Troutbeck - Sour Howes, Sallows and Troutbeck Tongue


Walk Overview
Time 08.35 to 15.05
Duration 6 hr 30 min
Distance 12.3 mile
Ascent 2500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Church Bridge - Garburn Pass - Backstone Barrow - Sour Howes - Sallows - Garburn Nook - Garburn Pass - Long Green Head Farm - Hagg Gill - Troutbeck Tongue - Hag Bridge - Ing Bridge - Town Head - Troutbeck - 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

8.35 and we set out for a long walk from Troutbeck.
At this time we didn't have any high hopes of seeing the sun today. Although, as it turned out, the weather really brightened up and the afternoon was quite the perfect early spring day.

This is the bottom section of Garburn Pass, taken just after we left the main road which you can see crossing the picture.

Looking over The Howe to see the buildings in Troutbeck on the opposite side of the valley.

This is different. The path has been raised, a gutter has been added on the left, and the crumbling drystone wall is gone. Presumably the wall was used to raise the path or given the madness of the world these days, the old wall was taken away and dumped somewhere and thousands of pounds will have been spent bringing in new material for the path.

I know, I'm turning into a grumpy old man before my time.

A little to the south of our route you see Dubbs Reservoir. Well worth a de-tour to have a look but not for us today, we'll be working far enough as it is.

A close up of Town Head, Troutbeck. We'll be walking through there, , , , much later in the walk.
The house you can see (top right) has a for sale sign in the garden. I won't bother finding out the price just in case the shock kills me!

Looking over to Sallows from Sour Howes.

Looking ahead to Sallows, , , , ,   and now looking back to Sour Howes.

Just across from Sallows summit I took this picture across to Yoke.

Three steps up this side, three steps down the other, and we're back on Garburn Pass.

Now we made our way back down Garburn Pass, almost back to the start of the walk.
From up here you can see just how long and spread out the village of Troutbeck actually is.

Perhaps the day is going to get out after all and we'll get the chance to enjoy some early spring sunshine on the lower level section of the walk.
The smaller fell in the middle of the picture is Troutbeck Tongue - still a long way off.

Down at valley level now with a view towards Troutbeck Tongue and the Ill Bell ridge - Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke.


What a shame such a nice place had been called Hag Gill.

A little while before taking this picture I asked Jennifer if she wanted to walk straight up the front of Troutbeck Tongue or use the gentle slope 'around the back'.
Yes, OK I admit it was a daft question.

"I think your lipstick is a bit smudged"

Taken from the gentler side of the fell, this photo shows Stony Cove Pike, Threshthwaite Mouth and Thornthwaite Crag.

Troutbeck Tongue summit, and a very hazy view down Troutbeck towards Windermere.

Looking in the same direction as the previous picture, this time with more of the valley in view.


Troutbeck Park.


Rather than head straight back to the car we decided to walk through Town Head and Troutbeck itself. The walk along here takes you past some stunning houses and cottages, and what I reckon is just about the nicest village in the Lake District.





David Hall -
Lake District Walks