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" Savouring Sallows Superlative Sunshine "
Date & start time: Wednesday 27th April 2011, midday start.
Location of Start : Roadside at Troutbeck Church, Cumbria, Uk ( NY 412 027 )
Places visited : The Howe, the Garburn Road track, Sallows, Sour Howes, Backstone Barrow and back, stopping the car at Troutbeck Post Office to end the afternoon.
Walk details : 5.5 mls, 1650 ft of ascent, 5 hrs 5 mins (including a leisurely hour or so for lunch).
Highest point : Sallows 1,691 ft - 516 m.
Walked with : Jo, Ann and the dogs, Jodie, Harry and Bethan.
Weather : Sunshine and blue skies.
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We're in the middle of an unseasonably hot and sunny spell of weather
brilliant for Easter visitors more used to the cold and wet of an cold, early Easter.
Today Jo, Ann and myself go in search of two more AW summits we haven't walked for a while
and stop to savour the sun on the way around.
We actually found the last few spots of roadside parking on the side road next to the river.
A very practical footbridge next to the rather narrow road alongside.
Our route up to the Garburn Track started as a climb up a rough lane at the far end of the distant field.
[ Hold your cursor over the picture of the notice to see how it has changed since our last visit nearly five years ago ]
The new colourful woodland garden alongside the track at The Howe.
Recently planted, this will hopefully be a delight to see in years to come.
After The Howe the track turns north and leaves the shelter of the trees to allow us to enjoy the full early summer sun on offer.
The cattle are out enjoying the sunshine too,
as we look ahead up the valley towards Yoke, Ill Bell and Froswick.
Walking gently up the side of the fell our track is joined by the one from Longmire
and the gentle summer sounds of several horses from the local pony trekking centre.
Clear views today across to Wansfell Pike over the linear village of Troutbeck.
The Nanny Lane track can be seen climbing up the fell in the centre of the picture.
Zooming in on the High Green / Town Head end of the village and the prominent building of the Mortal Man Hotel to the left.
It was nearly eleven years ago when we stayed at the hotel
and the same Lakes holiday that we travelled over to Loweswater to sign for the cottage that is now our home.
Views south west across the top of Town End to Coniston Old Man.
The white house in the centre is the National Trust owned Town End Hall, beloved of Ambleside visitors.
Higher up the lane we pass the old slate quarry, now covered in mature trees.
Below us in the valley is one of the more diminutive Wainwright summits, Troutbeck Tongue.
Arboreal elegance, beauty growing out of desolation.
An unusual wrought iron field gate
allows our first view across to Red Screes at the head of the Kirkstone Pass.
Another variation on wall and fence building
with the taller key stones forming posts, threaded with top fence wires, to keep the more energetic sheep in the right location.
The gate at the top of the Garburn Track.
From here you can proceed straight on to walk the Kentmere Round or stay on the track toward the village of Kentmere.
. . . but this is the real top
a slight rocky ridge, mainly grass covered, with two dogs sitting on it.
Not to be outdone, Jodie poses for her photo too.
Ann wants an extra picture of the rest of us, set against the lovely blue sky.
Not a soul about so we sit near the summit for a spot of lunch.
Beyond are the central fells, the first deeper vee from the left being Crinkle Crags, the Scafells forming the long ridge in the centre
and the pudding basin top of Great Gable standing out clearly above Jodie's head.
Lovely views south down the length of Windermere from our lunch spot.
This was the full view from the summit of Sallows
A view that we savoured for over an hour is the glorious afternoon sun !
The shadow slowly moves away from Sour Howes as we head down to walk alongside the wall.
Easy grass tracks here as we walk between the many humps that make up the top of the fell.
Which one should we claim as the top ?
This one will do . . . it looks a little more like a true summit . . . but it only beats several others by a metre or so !
Time to repair the summit cairn !
Harry calls Bethan over for a photo.
Can dogs ever look smug at having their picture taken ?
The chance of a drop of water find Jo and the three dogs down at the small pool below the summit.
Only the three dogs decided to dip themselves in the brackish water . . . Jo for some reason didn't !
All good things come to an end and it's time to be heading down.
The panorama of the central fells is now punctuated by the deep vee of Mickledore separating the two Scafells.
One or two low flying jets had flown across the fells today
but more unusually these two Chinook helicopters were spotted flying low up the length of Windermere.
Limefitt Park below, now mainly a chalet park rather than static caravans.
Sounds of summer again as we waited for the horses from the stables to pass again, this time with a different set of riders.
From here it was a short walk back down past the Howe to the cars back near the main road.
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With all that sunshine we needed some slight re-hydration therapy . . .
In Troutbeck Village the ladies at the Post Office and Stores offer tea and coffee on request.
She has a penchant for flapjacks wrapped or unwrapped, and takes no prisoners !
The chicken well under control as the flapjacks disappear from view.
Time to sit and savour the delights of the walk we have just completed.
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Still, he wasn't there for too long . . . and after our simple but very refreshing cuppa we were on our way home.
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Technical note: Pictures taken with either Ann's Canon 75 or my Canon G10 digital camera.
Resized in Photoshop, and built up on a Dreamweaver web builder.
This site best viewed with . . . acouple of feet between the greedy hen and the biscuits.
For more of Jo's photos - click here
Our previous walk - 26th April 2011 Watendlath & Great Crag
A previous time up here - 17th June 2006 Sallows and Sour Howes with John and Jill
Next walk - 28th April 2011 Blencathra via Three Edges