Walk : Sour Howes (1,568ft from Church Bridge Troutbeck

Date : 29th September 2014

Weather : Cloudy and warm around 19C

 

Distance : 3 miles round trip

Time Taken : 1 hour 10 mins to summit

 

Which part of Lakeland is this walk situated

 

Terrain Overview

 

 

 

Overview

 

A nice gentle walk with fantastic views along the way and on top

 

 

Jesus Church in Troutbeck is situated just a few yards north of a free and suitable parking place for about half a dozen vehicles

 

 

Just over the road from the bridge is the start of the Garburn Road, an old Pack Horse route towards Kentmere

 

 

The path starts to rise gently through the woods

 

 

The path continues through a hand gate and passes a farm

 

 

The path swings round to the left under tree cover and from that point rarely deviates from straight, making navigation straight forward

 

 

On the road proper now and the views start to open up across the Troutbeck valley

 

 

The beautiful Troutbeck valley, to the right the Froswick / Ill Bell range to the left Caudale Moor and the bump in the centre on the valley floor

is Troutbeck Tongue

 

 

The path continues, this is good walking

 

 

The Wansfell / Wansfell Pike ridge

 

 

The Garburn track is followed until you reach a series of wall stiles on your right. The second one over the field crosses the Dubbs Road

 

 

Sue presses on to the second stile

 

 

Once across the Dubbs Road the third stile gives access to the open fell side

 

 

A clear grass pathway signifies the final push to the summit

 

 

Through the bracken and aim towards the left hand side of the rock outcrops

 

 

Looking across the Troutbeck Valley and above the Wansfell ridge line towards Crinkle Crags in the Langdale valley

 

 

And further round to Scafell and Scafell Pike

 

 

Past the crags and the path swings round towards the summit, her looking back towards Windermere with the Dubbs Reservoir in the foreground

 

 

Troutbeck Tongue

 

 

The stile in the wall leads on to the last part of the climb along the summit ridge

 

 

The ridge path winds its way around a number of grassy hillocks

 

 

Looking over to the Scafells

 

 

Made it !!!

 

 

There was no cairn to speak of so we made our own

 

 

The Troutbeck valley way down below

 

 

The Ill Bell ridge line

 

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