Walks: Garburn Pass

Garburn map
Garburn map
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Compared to the grand fells to the north the slight rise to the south seems inconsequential; not to the Wainwright bagger however because though low down on the list the two fells there Sallows and Sour Howes each have a chapter in “Book Two: The Far Eastern Fells”.

Sooner or later the dedicated fellwalker has to tick them off the list. But here’s the payoff; though not as grand or rugged or high as the hills to the north they still have all the qualities needed to make for a rewarding expedition.

Walk along the lane to reach Dubbs Reservoir.

From this point the track becomes noticeably stonier and begins its ascent.

As it gains altitude superb views open up above Troutbeck regarded as one of the Lake District’s most picturesque villages.

25 minutes beyond the reservoir the track meets the bridleway coming up from Troutbeck – the Garburn Pass route.

Keep ahead all the time climbing towards the top of the pass.

As the track begins to level out and with fine views across to the heights of Yoke and Ill Bell to the left look for a stile on the right just before a wooden gate.

Cross this and follow a path through the grass leading up to a ridge.

As you reach it bear left taking you to the summit of Sallows. (516m 1691’)

The way to Sour Howes now becomes clear involving a degree of backtracking along the ridge and then aiming for a wall that runs along the east flank of the height.

A path leads down to a stile and then follows an undulating route to reach the summit marked out by a small cairn. (483m 1568’) To return to the car follow the path right of this summit which twists its way between grassy knolls to reach a stile in a wall. Continue downhill from here reaching an area of bracken where the path becomes less distinct.

After bearing left below a rocky knoll swing right to intercept the lane you came up on.

A wooden gate leads out onto the track.

Turn left for the car.