Sour Howes, Sallows and Troutbeck Tongue

Name of walk Sour Howes, Sallows and Troutbeck Tongue
Date of walk 2008-07-20
Distance walked (miles) 8
Duration of walk 5 hours 30 minutes
Weather Sunshine but windy
Peaks on walk Sour Howes, Sallows and Troutbeck Tongue
Walked with Brendan and Tom
Parking Troutbeck. Roadside parking next to church.
This morning we set off about half eight for Troutbeck to walk up Sour Howes (1585ft), Sallows (1691ft) and Troutbeck Tongue (1191ft). We parked off the road before the church and set off up the Garburn Pass that leads to Kentmere.

Troutbeck Tongue is in the middle, Yoke, Ill Bell and Frostwick on the right.


We left the Pass and crossed the stile at the pine wood.The route up to Sour Howes is quite steep, but on grass.


You get a good view down Windermere, Dubbs reservoir on the left.


It was quite windy as we walked up the ridge of Backstone Barrow to Sour Howes


We met a female fell runner on the summit. She told us that just in case we were looking for a quiet, solitary walk in Yoke`s direction, in two hours there would be 400 fell runners coming our way! Thankfully we have planned the 12 mile Kentmere Horseshoe for another day! (Yeah, right!)


We followed the wall round to Sallows. Looking over to Yoke from the summit of Sallows.


Both Sour Howes and Sallows had miniscule cairns!


We came straight down the mountainside trapesing through bracken and scaring sheep, we eventually reached the path to Troutbeck Tongue.


We stopped for lunch at the bridge that crosses Hagg Beck.


Brendan and Tom didn`t fancy the precipitous climb up to Troutbeck Tongue so continued on to the Queens Head! I looked for a way up, but ended up round the far side of the tongue as I couldn`t find a break in the wall. Eventually I gave up and climbed over the wall, going staight up the bracken strewn mountainside making my own path heading for a rocky outcrop. It was hellish steep and I couldn`t see the ground beneath me for the bracken, which was shoulder height. I discovered that my summer weight walking trousers are not nettle proof when I tripped up into some nettles! The top still seemed miles away but I persevered. Kirk Fell from the front was easier than this! Eventually I reached the rocky bit, and 50m further up was the summit cairn. I guess you could call this the direct route up!


Looking down the Troutbeck Valley. At the end is the Queens Head pub...mmmmm!


Looking up to Threshthwaite Mouth. Thornthwaite Crag on the right and Stony Cove Pike on its left.


On the way down I found the way up! Hidden by bracken, with no visible sign from below and directly above the bridge where we had lunch! Bugger! But I`ll know next time! I met a couple who had also done Sour Howes and Sallows today but had returned to their car and drove to the bottom of Troutbeck Tongue! Huh? That`s cheating! Why didn`t I think of that! They were also using Stuart Marshall`s Guide Book (All 214 Wainwrights in 36 circular walks), they had also learnt to take his directions with a "yeah, right!" attitude.


Looking back down Ing Lane to Troutbeck Tongue.


I found Brendan and Tom in the pub on their third drink! I had a quickie and then we set off down the road to the car. On the way we passed the view up to the ridge of Backstone Barrow to Sour Howes.

The walk was eight miles and had taken about five and a half hours.