Parking: Roadside parking opposite Jesus Church
Start Point: Troutbeck
Region: North Western Fells
Route length: 5.3 miles (8.5 km)
Time taken: 02:18
Average speed: 2.3 mph
Wainwrights on this walk:
Sallows (516m), Sour Howes (483m)
Additional summits: None
Other points of interest: Garburn Road, Backstone Barrow
Having a week off work is a wonderful thing, allowing planning of adventures in far off lands or, in my case, the far off Lake District. Sadly, the weather rarely tends to follow suit and, after having arranged the time off, presented us with a fairly deary few days. Despite this we managed to do a couple of decent, if not wet walks on the fringe fells of the Lakes. The first of these would be a quick trip over Sallows and Sour Howes.
You may remember I've visited Sallows previously while completing the Kentmere horseshoe. An unremarkable if not forgettable fell that, combined with its partner Sour Howes, presents a fairly untaxing morning out. We'd picked a route for a cloudy, wet day that would take us the the summit of the Garburn Pass before crossing the peaks of the two fells and returning to Troutbeck, our starting point for the day.
We parked on the road adjacent to the church in Troutbeck, the unusually named Jesus Church. The origin of this Church is lost, but it certainly existed in 1506. Instead of the usual dedication to a patron saint, it has the unusual name of ‘Jesus Church’. The whole Church was dismantled and rebuilt in 1736, and a major restoration took place in 1861.
|The foot of Garburn Road is marked by a new sign|
|The lane leading up to The Howe|
|A gloomy Troutbeck|
|Wansfell in the murk|
|Troutbeck Tongue sulking at the head of the valley|
|Garburn Road and Troutbeck|
|The lane winds on|
|Approaching the murk|
|Some icy patches added a small element of treachery|
|Garburn Pass from the slopes of Sallows|
|The summit of Sallows|
|The wall we followed to Sour Howes|
|The path skirts the top of a large combe|
|The summit of Sour Howes|
|Not the summit of Sour Howes|
We crossed the top of a rocky outcrop called Backstone Barrow before we arrived at the track, a pair of ladder stiles waiting for us to climb over the walls. A very noticeable path leads from the summit of Sour Howes down to the Garburn Road, none of which is marked on the maps, certainly my editions at least. Back on the road, we retraced our morning route back to Troutbeck and the car for a brief dry off. The day wasn't over yet.
|Crossing Garburn Road|
|The walled bridleway on its way back to Troutbeck|