Sunday, 26th February 2012

Walk: Troutbeck Tongue & Sour Howes
Start Point: Church Bridge, Troutbeck Grid Reference: NY 412 027
Distance: 10 miles Ascent: 2,350 feet
Time: 6 hours    
Weather: Mist and drizzle apart from the beginning and end of the walk
Comments: 10 eager ramblers joined our novice leader on today's walk from Troutbeck. The early morning greeted us with typical Lakeland views, low cloud and little sign of the high peaks which lay hidden above us. The mountain weatherman forecast low cloud and mist at 500 metres descending to 300m as the day progressed! Fortunately the walk was generally low level and hopefully the morning cloud would clear and not descend. We headed off in a northerly direction on good paths and farm roads towards Troutbeck Park and the ascent to The Tongue where a quick view of the valley was allowed before disappearing into the clouds. Early tea was called as we descended to find a little shelter from the mist and chill breeze. We then continued down into the valley where we turned and headed south on the lower slopes of the eastern side of valley below where the tops of Ill Bell and Yoke were shrouded in cloud above. The route led us through disused quarries and over flowing watercourses, paths followed where apparent and 'wild walking' finally led us to lunch at Garburn Pass. Cloud level having now got down to 400m. Who really wants to go to Sallows? No real enthusiasm so a direct route was followed to Sour Howes and the descending path back to Troutbeck. As we descended the views over Windermere unfolded and the cloud cleared......................a typical day in the Lakes?

Scroll down to see photos of the walk

Is this the Wire (Wyre) Way?

 

Crossing Ing Bridge

 

Is this my best side?

 

Atmospheric scene at the head of the valley

 

Easy walking here (but little did we know what treats Robb had in store later on!!!)

 

John takes the high route

 

A steep initial climb leads to . . .

 

the perfect spot for a rest . . .

 

and to take in the views . . .

 

before tackling the last stretch . . .

 

to the summit . . .

 

just as the mist starts to close in

 

A sheltered spot for elevenses

 

On the lower flanks of Ill Bell we check out  . . .

 

the disused mine buildings . . .

 

and explore . . .

 

a tunnel . . .

 

hewn out of the rock

 

An angled view if the 'skylight' (left) and exit (right)

 

Lunch is taken at the Garburn Pass . . .

 

before continuing on to Sour Howes, still in mist

 

Typically, as we descend . . .

 

the mist clears to give views over Windermere . . .

 

but there are a few 'undulations' . . .

 

on the rest of the descent

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