Sunday, 29th May 2012

Walk: Sour Howes, Capple Howe, Mickle Moss, High Borrans and Moor Howe
Start Point: Dubbs Road, Moor Howe Grid Reference: NY 423 010
Distance: 8.25 miles Ascent: 1,345 feet
Time: 4.75 hours    
Weather: Very cold and very windy with rain mid-afternoon.
Comments: After leaving the Fylde area in wet weather it was a pleasant surprise to find that the forecasted rain had not reached the Troutbeck area. Although it was the last Sunday in April the strong raw wind gave the impression of mid-winter. After donning extra clothing the group of eighteen or so headed north along Dubbs Road and Garburn Road (both are tracks) ascending towards Sour Howes. A break was taken before some of the group climbed to conquer Sour Howes which is 1,550 feet above sea level. At this level it became difficult to stand upright because of the strong cold wind. The height gave a good vantage point and, although a little murky, many of Lakelands fells could be seen. Unfortunately it was too windy to take photographs. Having conquered Sour Howes the group then continued to Capple Howe at 1,440 feet. Descending still further the group sought shelter behind a wall in order to partake of lunch. After lunch the route was by the way of a track, via Mickle Moss, to High Borrans where North Tyneside CC has an outdoor centre. By this time there was much rain on the wind and the day deteriorated further as the group returned to the start point. Even though the weather could have been a little kinder, it was an enjoyable walk.

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Dubbs Road


Dubbs Reservoir


A glimpse of Windermere


An early stage of ascent on Garburn Road (track)


Most of the group pictured on Garburn Road with Windermere and Troutbeck in the background


A couple of stragglers


The A team set out to conquer Sour Howes


On the way to conquer Capple Howe


The conquerors descend to a sheltered spot for a well earned lunch

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