24th November 2014

Sallows and Sour Howes


Walk Overview
Time 9:20am to 12:50pm
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 5 mile
Ascent 1400 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Church Bridge - Garburn Pass - Garburn Nook - Sallows - Moor Head - Sour Howes - Backstone Barrow - Garburn Pass - 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

Very interesting but, , , , , we're not going that far. We'll be walking as far as the top of Garburn Pass and then taking the short (muddy) path up to Sallows.

Here Jennifer is at the bottom of Garburn Pass. Yesterday we did my choice of walk and today it was Jennifer's turn to pick the route.
Well, I've said this to Jennifer so I might as well tell you lot as well. If by some miracle I (we) win a big euro millions jackpot I'd offer to pay for the whole of Garburn Pass to be restored to this standard. Mainly because I absolutely love the place but not just that. If it means getting rid of that stupid, rediculas gravel they've placed further up the track it would be worth every penny. It's only been down a couple of years and it's already developing a channel down the track where the rain is washing the new surface away.

The bottom of Garburn Pass takes you behind The Howe and if you're tall enough or if you stand on tip toes you get this view across to Troutbeck.

Fragile nature.


Looking across to Troutbeck. On the right hand side of the picture are Caudale Moor, Troutbeck Tongue and Thornthwaite Crag.

As we gain a little height, the view ahead of us shows Troutbeck Tongue occupying the head of the valley and above are Caudale Moor, Threshthwaite Mouth, Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke. On the far side of Froswick you can just make out the top of the cloud which must be filling Upper Kentmere. We'd see more of that later.

Passing by the spoil heaps as the route gets a little steeper for a while.

Through the gateway is Red Screes.


"You weren't joking when you said it might be muddy"

A close up of Harter Fell and the cloud rising in front of Nan Bield Pass.

These are two fell easily linked together. It's more or less, sort of, almost, just about a simple case of following the wall.

Turning around for a view back to Sallows.

Here's a close up of the head of Troutbeck valley. I'll bet there were a few disappointed people on Thornthwaite Crag at the time I took this picture.

And a not so close up picture looking in the same direction.



One of these days I'll manage to get a clear picture looking down to Windermere.

To get back down we followed this miniature ridge down the side of Sour Howes. Okay, it's not really what you'd call a ridge but it does show itself as a prominent feature on the side of the fell. Ridge or not, , , , you can't complain about the view.


Today I'm giving Jennifer 10 out of 10 for picking a lunch spot with a nice view and, she also gets 10 out of 10 for finding the outcrop with the most pointed and uncomfortable stones in the Lake District.
"Aren't you gonna sit down"
"err, , , I don't think so, I'll just stand up and eat today"

Here's a bit of friendly advice. If you happen to be in a hurry when you come here you might want to slow down before stepping right over this stile.

This is what the other side looks like.


Back at the bottom se3ction of Garburn Pass.

Bath time for the locals.
"Has anyone managed to find the soap yet"

David Hall -
Lake District Walks