30th April 2006

A walk from Troutbeck, an unexpected meeting, a jumping sheep and no ice cream.


Walk Overview
Time 09.30 to 13.00
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 5.2 mile
Ascent 1470 ft
Walking with Jennifer.
Andrew Leaney for about 5 minutes on Sour Howes and again at the end of the walk. 100s of fells to choose from and on a day when we're not walking together we bump into each other somewhere as obscure as this.
Troutbeck - Garburn Pass - Sallows - Sour Howes - Garburn Pass - Limefitt Park - Troutbeck
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

From the Troutbeck side of Garburn Pass looking through the valley towards Troutbeck Tongue. The higher fells are Stony Cove Pike on the left, the dip is Threshthwaite Mouth and on the right are Thornthwaite Crag, Froswick, Ill Bell and Yoke.

Part of the very long spread out village of Troutbeck / Town Head.

Troutbeck Tongue and its surrounding fells again, taken a little further up Garburn Pass.

Looking back down Garburn Pass.

Troutbeck with a glimpse of Windermere. The caravans, tents and lodges in the bottom of the valley are Limefitt Park.

A close up shot of Troutbeck Tongue and Troutbeck Park.

The Wansfell ridge seen above the valley.

This picture was taken just after we left Garburn Pass and started the short walk to the summit of Sallows. Yoke is the fell behind.

Red Screes (the highest fell) taken just past Sallows.

The point where the path from Sallows meets the wall that runs around Moor Head and just below Sour Howes. The cloud seen over the southern fells was gradually moving towards us, but luckily didn't reach us until the walk was finished.

Looking along the wall across Moor Head towards Sour Howes.

Sour Howes with Red Screes behind.

Windermere from the route off Sour Howes.

Jennifer walking down the steep section of path that links Dubbs Road with Garburn Pass.
It was getting warmer now as we were loosing height, so we decided to take a route through the camp site to get an ice cream, only to find that the shop was closed for lunch. Never mind we thought; we can stop in Ambleside on the way home, but the bank holiday traffic was so bad it took us 20 minutes to get from the A591 junction to Ambleside and we couldn't get parked when we did eventually get there.

"Look at me, I'm not frightened to jump".
"I bet you are".
"No I'm not, I'll show you......"

"Well, , , I suppose this proves me wrong".

Another picture looking down the valley. This one was taken just before we turned onto the path that leads into the camp site.

Troutbeck Church.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks