Troutbeck - Sour Howes - Sallows - Troutbeck

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Troutbeck - Sour Howes - Sallows - Garburn Road - Troutbeck

Troutbeck is a lovely village spread out along the valley side on the slopes of Wansfell. This walk takes you to the two unfrequented peaks of Sour Howes and Sallows before returning along the Garburn Road. The ascent is fairly steep but thankfully the highest point is only 516m, so it's not long before you can sit and enjoy the superb views in every direction. The opening half offers some of the best views of Windermere whilst the return journey offers panoramic views of the entire valley of Troutbeck. Both of the summits visited are listed by Wainwright and must be summited by people wanting to bag all 214 of them, but for those just seeking a walk away from the crowds, then look no further. In Book Two, the Far Eastern Fells, Wainwright acknowledges that Sallows is an excellent viewpoint and is the sister fell to Sour Howes to the south.

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


Birds, Church, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Lake/Loch, Wildlife
13/06/2014 - Robert Hughes

This is an excellent walk which provides, for modest if rapid ascent, outstanding and surprising views in all directions. From the tops I could see Heysham to the South, Ingleborough to the East the high peaks of Bowfell, Scafell and Gable to the West and Red Scress, Stoney Cove Pike and Ill Bell to the North. The directions are excellent. There is a more direct path from WM11, Swallows, to the ladder stile at WM12 that is in a North Westerly direction. You can also avoid retracing you steps between WM5 and WM2 by turning sharp right just before WM5 and then passing through a gate onto the clear path down towards Limefitt Park. Just before the next gate turn sharp left and you shortly arrive at the Pub within the park. Follow the road ahead to reach the main road. Turn left towards WM2. This has the additional advantage of taking in the nice Jesus Church, just before the end of the walk.

20/09/2013 - Ian Mapp

This might be my only two Wainwrights in 2013. Lovely walk - quite strenuous at the beginning but flattens out. Great views all around. My photos at Thanks for the walk.

30/12/2012 - Adrian Hogg

A nice walk. Not too strenuous. Description was bang on and easy to follow. It was a very windy winters day and managed it in 2 hrs 15 mins with 1 stop for a brew !

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