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Sour Howes

 
   

 

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Height: 483m (1,585ft) GPS: NY 42830 03203 Walking Routes

Sour Howes is a small fell in the Lake District situated five kilometres east of Ambleside, between the Troutbeck and Kentmere valleys and is one of the two separate fells on Applethwaite Common (the other being Sallows).

Sour Howes, which reaches a height of 483 m (1,585 ft) is mostly grassy although heather grows on the eastern slopes.

A high dry stone wall crosses the top and links with the neighbouring fell of Sallows which lies just over a kilometre to the north east and with Sour Howe’s subsidiary top, Capple Howe (445 m, 1,460 ft) which is located 600 metres to the south east.

The fells western flank falls away steeply to the Troutbeck valley. This slope is traversed lower down by the Dubbs Road bridleway which goes north joining the track which crosses the Garburn Pass (Byway open to all traffic) on its way to Kentmere.

The disused and now wooded Applethwaite quarry stands on these western slope alongside the Garburn track which is quite substantial and an interesting place to explore.

On its eastern side, Sour Howes drops more gently to the Kentmere valley with the stream of Park Beck draining the fell and being a tributary of the River Kent. There are some well made grouse butts amongst the heather on these eastern slopes.

The top of the fell is a series of grassy knolls with the highest of these marked by a small pile of stones.

The view is extremely fine for such a small fell and there is a fine vista of high mountains to the west. To the south, Windermere is well seen and Morecambe Bay beyond .

Sour Howes can be ascended from the Troutbeck or Kentmere valleys. It’s ascent can be combined with the adjacent fell of Sallows with a visit to the more stirring Yoke to Thornthwaite Crag ridge to the north.

The ascents from either valley utilise the Garburn Pass track to its highest point before going south to the summit following the dry stone wall

Walking routes near Sour Howes

 

 

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