2nd November 2016

Sallows and Sour Howes from Kentmere

Time 9:50am to 2:05pm
Duration 4 hr 15 min
Distance 5.7 mile
Ascent 1300ft or there abouts
Walking with Jennifer
Kentmere - Crabtree Brow - Garburn Pass - Garburn Nook - Sallows - Moor Head - Sour Howes - Capple How - Whiteside End - Kentmere Hall - Kentmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Roadside parking, Kentmere village

Parking is at a premium in Kentmere, with the early bird generally being the one who gets the space. I should add that apparently, one of the fields near the village is occasionally opened for parking, but I've yet to come here on such an occasion.

I imagine many people come here to walk the Kentmere Horseshoe route, which is all well and good, and I've enjoyed this walk many times myself. However, there are also lots of other walks that can be undertaken from Kentmere, not lest, a simple out and back walk to Kentmere Tarn.

Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Today we find ourselves in Kentmere at the request of Jennifer. She's off work for a week and suggested we walk onto Sallows & Sour Howes from Kentmere. Up Garburn Pass and back down the "other side of Sour Howes next to the wall".
"OK, but lets pick a nice day to go to such a lovely spot".
And, as it was due to be such nice day, here we are.


We head out of Kentmere towards Garburn Pass. On route passing by some lovely houses.

Off the road and onto the pass itself.

A close up of Kentmere Hall. We'll be walking down that track and past the other side of the buildings towards the end of the walk.

Walking up Garburn Pass we enjoyed some brightness. Not much in the way of warmth but the sunshine really does make a difference.


Once above Garburn Nook we were no longer sheltered from the wind and for a short time at least, we were at the mercy of a temperature struggling to reach 5 degrees. Lovely walking up here though.

Looking back across to Sallows.

Looking back again, this time looking in the direction of Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite Crag and Stony Cove Pike.

Yep, you certainly picked a good walk today Jennifer.

Dinner with a view. After which we headed down to those trees and followed the wall all the way down to the greener area of countryside you can see to the right hand side of centre.

The wall

It's the second time I've been here recently and all I can say is, , , WOW, what a fantastic place.



A view back up to Sour Howes from the track we followed back to Kentmere.

That's us two at the bottom of the picture. I took this after we'd sat for ten minutes in what was quite warm sunshine. Once again - it was an absolute pleasure to be out and about sampling what the Lake district has to offer.

Once around the corner at Whiteside End and you get a real treat with this view to Kentmere.

Kentmere Tarn.


A close up of part of Kentmere village.

And again, from a different angle.

As I said at the start, our route would take us past Kentmere Hall and its peel tower. I'd love to have a look around there.

What a lovely spot eh !!

And to finish, this is Kentmere Church. Sadly it was closed to the public while refurbishment works take place.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks