Date & Time: Saturday 17th June 2006. 11.20 pm start. ( Map ref: NY 412 027 )

Location of Start : Off road parking adjacent to Church Bridge on the A 592, Troutbeck, Cumbria, Uk.

Places visited : The Garburn Road, Sallows and Sour Howes.

Walk details : 4.6 mls, 1,500 ft of ascent, 3 hrs 45 mins including lunch and lots of conversation.

Walked with : Jill, John, Ann and the three dogs, Polly, Harry and Bethan.

Weather : Warm and sunny with virtually no breeze. Very humid.




The Garburn Road is one of the old roadways, a the high level routes between adjacent valleys of the Lake District. It connects Troutbeck and Ambleside to Kentmere and ultimately Longsleddale further east.

We walked the eastern section of the road a few weeks ago when we walked the Kentmere Horseshoe. Today we climbed the western section from Troutbeck up to the pass, but this time turned south to walk two more Wainwright summits, those of Sallows and Sour Howes.

Church Bridge, Toutbeck.
An old route, with an old sign being absorbed by the tree.

The Troutbeck Valley from our climb up the Garburn Road.

The skyline includes Yoke, Ill Bell, Froswick, Thornthwaite and Caudale Moor, with Troutbeck Tongue, the small, green fell in the middle.

Upper Troutbeck Village and the Mortal Man Hotel.


Climbing the Garburn Road
Passing the old quarry below Sour Howes.

Extensive views down over Windermere

but the sunshine has brought summer haze to reduce the long distance visabibility.

The top gate on the Garburn Road and John looking at our route of a few weeks ago

when we walked the Kentmere Horseshoe, setting off north towards Yoke from here, .

High on the slopes of Yoke

a distant view of

a rather large excavator was at work,

presumably fixing the fells



The stile to Sallows from near the gate above.

The mega cairn on Sallows summit

with the view down to Windermere in the distance.

John pays respect to the mighty cairn.


It looks like he had brought it up on a lead ?


Could it be his new Cairn Terrier . . .


but no, it was a trick of the lens

Polly, his new dog, was somewhere in the background.


Red Screes and Snarker Pike with Pets Stone Quarry on its lower slopes to the left,

viewed from the wall as we made our way round in a half circle to Sour Howes.

Today was a hot day. It may not look it from the photos, but it was very warm and rather humid.

The lack of a cooling breeze made it seem even warmer, and the lack of water on the way

meant John stopped to give the dogs a drink from our water supply.

Sour Howes, just off the summit, and time to indulge ourselves

with a rather nice selection of home made sandwiches, which the dogs seemed keen to try if they had been allowed.

Wansfell Pike and the panorama of the Troutbeck Valley down to Windermere.

The Coniston Fells provide a hazy backdrop.

From the top, we dropped rapidly back down to the Garburn Road track

and soon reached the old quarries we passed on the way up.

The top quarry with three small figures above.
The lower section fenced above the big drop.


A pool of water gathers in the main quarry.
Mature trees - due to many years of non use of the quarry.


But what's this . . .
. . . technology hidden in the trees

No wonder mobile reception was good here, but it must be an extremely long power cable from the valley below.

John's house at Fornside.

Time for us to relax too.

This hadn't been the longest of walks but we were all

surprisingly tired due, we think, to the rather oppressive humidity

and warmth during the day.

Time to cool off at the end of the walk.
John's cup of tea tasted even better as a result !


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Technical note: Pictures taken with a Canon IXUS 400 Digital camera.

Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.

This site best viewed with . . . a cup of tea at Fornside.

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