Sour Howes and Sallows
4 January 2009
Like yesterday, today had a time constraint imposed on the
walk - this time the need to travel home to London. So again, an early start was
made, setting out in the car in darkness, and starting the walk from Troutbeck
well before dawn. I'd picked Sour Howes and Sallows as the target for this
morning's walk simply because they were unexplored and provided a relatively
modest walk. Wainwright isn't full of praise for these summits, but you never
can get a real feel for a place until you've visited it yourself.
As we gain height, the light starts to improve but is still dim before dawn.
I had tentatively planned to cross the field on the right, following the route
of Sean McMahon but
aware that it is not Open Access land. However, this handily placed ladder stile
was so inviting that it took away any doubt.
In the field, we approach the second ladder stile, which takes us into a lane
from where there is a third stile into the top enclosure.
George has been carried over the first two, but this third one he managed to
Fortunately the upper side is much easier than the lower.
Approaching the final stile on the way to Sour Howes, the summit of
The top is very hummocky - rather fun!
George comes to fetch me, having visited the summit
The sun finally starts to make its presence felt
A mountain skyline, with the deep notch of Mickledore on the left dividing
Scafell and Scafell Pike; Great Gable is on the right behind High Raise
Sallows is the high-point of the long curving ridge
The other way from the other side of the wall, looking back to Sour Howes
A misty Windermere from Sallows
Looking down on the summit of the Garburn Pass. There is a route down to the
north-western corner of this enclosure, where a stile permits access to the
Garburn Road, but by the time I realised we weren't following that path, this
one seemed worthwhile following to its conclusion, and only slightly lengthened
After managing a ladder stile earlier, George makes easy work of this simpler
From the track back down, looking up the Troutbeck Valley
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A much more interesting walk than I'd expected from Wainwright's faint praise,
and it fitted nicely into the early morning allowing lunch back at the house
before departure for London. These two fells were also my southernmost
unvisited Wainwright summits, so today has moved Buckbarrow into that category -
another that could wait around for a little walking slot that needs filling.
Total distance 8.9 km and 470 metres of ascent in 2 hours 48 mins