Lake District - A Troutbeck Medley 25/02/2012

Distance - 11miles
Ascent - 3272feet
Time - 5hr 40min

Route - Park in Church Bridge lay by - Sour Howes - Sallows - Lowther Brow - The Tongue - Troutbeck Park Farm - Bay Stones - Wansfell - Hundreds Road - Robin Lane - Back to the car

Map of the route

This walks ticks off 4 scattered Wainwright summits in the Far Easten Fells. Its not a classic walk but there are some good views along the way. The walk starts with a steep pull up to Sour Howes where you can see the days walk laid out in front of you. The small hill in the middle of the picture became a big discussion point as we made are way to the summit. We was convinced that it was far to small to be a Wainwright, as it didn't look much at all. We could not see what it could be apart from Troutbeck Tongue but we was still  not sure.

The pull up to the summit of Sour Howes really gets the legs pumping its only short put you know your going up it. From here we followed the track leading us around to the Summit of Sallows.

This is where the path stops and we have to make are own path down the steep grassy hill side, climbing over the odd fence to get us down to the broad track that would take us to Hagg Beck.

The very small hill at the start of the walk is now starting to look a lot bigger and steeper, may be even quite a challenge. With the guide book saying "take a deep breath and climb the precipitous eastern flank". As it turned out is wasn't as bad as we first thought but still made us sweat. We decided on the summit we had earned a dinner break and a fantastic view of Windermere, the largest natural lake in England.

We descended Troutbeck Tonge going to the small farm in the Vally. With no paths marked on the map navigation was a little difficult to find the main Kirkstone road.

Are next target was Baystones which we had fun and games navigating to. There is no path marked on the map or on the ground to follow just field after field of bogs and high walls to climb over. The dogs must have loved being dragged around this section of the walk. When we finally got near the Baystones it turned into a great end to the day. A nice ridge to Wansfell the final summit of the day, once again the view along the ridge are fantastic.

All that was left for us to do was descend Wansfell and pick up Hundreds Road which would take us back to are car.


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