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
Sour Howes, which reaches a height of 483 m
(1,585 ft) is mostly grassy although heather grows on the eastern
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.
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.
ascents from either valley utilise the Garburn Pass track to its highest
point before going south to the summit following the dry stone wall
routes near Sour Howes