Kentmere - Sour Howes - Sallows - Kentmere

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Start off by the village church, which is dedicated to St Cuthbert and possibly dates back to the 16th Century. In the churchyard is a 1,000-year-old yew tree, which suggests an ancient place of worship.

The route heads away from the church and past Kentmere Hall with its stunning 14th Century tunnel-vaulted peel tower and five-foot-thick walls! This marks the start of the ascent south, which is actually very gentle and uses a well-defined track that was probably the original link to the village of Ings. The route turns west briefly before fording a stream and beginning a pathless ascent to a minor summit of Capple Howe. The ascent up to here requires a little hop over a fence and a steep ascent over grass tufts to reach its featureless peak.

From here the path crosses moorland and leads around a small plantation to the summit of the first Wainwright, called Sour Howes. At 483m above sea level the views are great, especially to the south to Windermere. From Sour Howes the route follows the fall along the felltop to the neighbouring peak of Sallows, which is slightly higher at 516m above sea level. The route descends to Garburn Pass before following it east all the way back to Kentmere.

England - North England - Cumbria - Lake District - South East

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Ancient Monument, Birds, Church, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Mountains, Wildlife

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