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Passes and valleys (and 2 hills)

Wainwrights: Sallows, Sour Howes

Date walked: 10/01/2020

Time taken: 6.5 hours

Distance: 31.9km

Ascent: 2026m


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I've been looking at longer routes I could possibly do in winter when the weather doesn't allow going very high and after someone told me about a passes and valley route they did I was keen to do something similar.

We've had some very windy weather again recently and with a Friday off I decided now was the time to try a similar route.

Obviously this particular route could be shortened by starting and ending in Kentmere but i don't particularly like the narrow roads and starting from Troutbeck Church is so convenient. Obviously this would mean heading over the Garburn Pass twice to complete but it seemed a decent trade off.

An interesting walk with very different valleys and passes. I will certainly look to do something similar again in the future.

1 on the G Pass.JPG
An early start on the Garburn Pass. Quickly it is obvious that the weather is a) not as windy forecast and b) much more misty with some drizzle


2 G pass.JPG
Garburn Pass summit


3 Heading down to Kentmere.JPG
Dropping down into Kentmere


4 Through Kentmere.JPG
The walk through Kentmere is fantastic to the reservoir. On a good track with Yoke and Ill Bell towering above you on the left.


5 Looking back at Kent Res.JPG
The main track to Nan Bield Pass is quite high on the hillside on the Kentmere Pike side of the valley - joining this path from the Reservoir is collar work on pathless (and today quite wet) ground. Or maybe I just missed the path!


6 NB Pass.JPG
Eventually I picked up the path and it gradually became more wintery until I reached the summit of Nan Bield Pass - the high point of today's walk


7 Very wintery.JPG
The initial bit of the descent to Small Water was even more wintery. I was suprised how much snow there was with the weather we've had.


8 Small Water.JPG
Small Water appears out of the mist - so much for the blue skies forecast!


9 Mardale Head.JPG
And further down the valley Mardale Head and Haweswater appear


10 Up Gatescarth.JPG
It's an immediate turn round from here and back up Gatescarth Pass - which is a poor second to Nan Bield Pass and Small Water to be honest


11 Down Gatescarth.JPG
Looking back down Gatescarth Pass


12 G Pass.JPG
Gatescarth Pass summit


13 Into Longsleddale.JPG
Dropping down into Longsleddale


14 Back up Longsleddale.JPG
Looking back up Longsleddale, which is always an interesting valley to walk through


15 Sadgill.JPG
Sadgill with the seemingly unnamed pass over to Kentmere behind


16 L Pass.JPG
Summit of the pass


17 Kentmere Church and G Pass.JPG
Kentmere Church with Garburn Pass behind


18 Sallows.JPG
Sallows summit. The weather was really clearing up now and I noted that it wouldn't add much to head over Sallows and Sour Howes on my way back to the car - it would vary it a little as well.


19 Sour Howes.JPG
Sour Howes summit - a long walk for these two Wainwrights!

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Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Green Crag
Date walked: 04/01/2020
Distance: 9.08km
Ascent: 660m
Views: 9


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Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Illgill Head, Whin Rigg
Date walked: 03/01/2020
Distance: 17.9km
Ascent: 821m
Views: 7


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Attachment(s) Hewitts: Ingleborough
Date walked: 27/12/2019
Distance: 15.1km
Ascent: 804m
Views: 9


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Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Whiteside
Hewitts: Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head, Whiteside
Date walked: 22/12/2019
Distance: 15.6km
Ascent: 1284m
Views: 8


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Attachment(s) Date walked: 21/12/2019
Distance: 6.28km
Ascent: 280m
Views: 10


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Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Arthur's Pike, Bonscale Pike, Hallin Fell, Loadpot Hill, Steel Knotts
Hewitts: Loadpot Hill
Date walked: 17/12/2019
Distance: 25.6km
Ascent: 1376m
Views: 17


Great Crag

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Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Great Crag
Date walked: 09/12/2019
Distance: 7.68km
Ascent: 487m
Views: 14


Sale and Ling Fell

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Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Ling Fell, Sale Fell
Date walked: 08/12/2019
Distance: 12.3km
Ascent: 812m
Views: 14


Wintery Skiddaw

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Attachment(s) Wainwrights: Bakestall, Carl Side, Long Side, Skiddaw, Ullock Pike
Hewitts: Carl Side, Long Side, Skiddaw
Date walked: 29/11/2019
Distance: 13.8km
Ascent: 968m
Views: 16

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Activity: Mountain Walker
Mountain: Tryfan
Place: Isle of Arran
Ideal day out: Long, remote walk in a wild area (Cairngorms, North Pennines) but also ridge walks with scrambling.
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Munros: 85
Corbetts: 15
Grahams: 3
Donalds: 10
Wainwrights: 214
Hewitts: 272
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Statistics

2020

Trips: 3
Distance: 58.88 km
Ascent: 3507m
Wainwrights 5

2019

Trips: 68
Distance: 1186.03 km
Ascent: 68499m
Munros: 7
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 1
Hewitts: 81
Wainwrights 132

2018

Trips: 69
Distance: 1292.2 km
Ascent: 72153m
Munros: 12
Corbetts: 1
Hewitts: 86
Wainwrights 101

2017

Trips: 72
Distance: 1296.69 km
Ascent: 73988m
Munros: 10
Corbetts: 1
Hewitts: 90
Wainwrights 105

2016

Trips: 76
Distance: 1298.26 km
Ascent: 70491m
Munros: 11
Corbetts: 2
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 1
Hewitts: 97
Wainwrights 87

2015

Trips: 80
Distance: 1270.95 km
Ascent: 67159m
Munros: 14
Corbetts: 5
Grahams: 1
Donalds: 1
Hewitts: 84
Wainwrights 47

2014

Trips: 67
Distance: 946.2 km
Ascent: 51879m
Munros: 12
Corbetts: 3
Donalds: 5
Hewitts: 78
Wainwrights 38

2013

Trips: 35
Distance: 451.54 km
Ascent: 31414m
Munros: 6
Hewitts: 58
Wainwrights 63

2012

Trips: 32
Distance: 379.47 km
Ascent: 27135m
Munros: 8
Hewitts: 45
Wainwrights 54

2011

Trips: 27
Distance: 337.46 km
Ascent: 22563m
Munros: 4
Hewitts: 41
Wainwrights 32

2010

Trips: 27
Distance: 389.18 km
Ascent: 27766m
Corbetts: 1
Donalds: 1
Hewitts: 52
Wainwrights 108

2009

Trips: 17
Distance: 192.23 km
Ascent: 13235m
Sub2000s: 1
Hewitts: 21
Wainwrights 47

2008

Trips: 4
Distance: 45.74 km
Ascent: 3915m
Hewitts: 11
Wainwrights 21

2007

Trips: 3
Distance: 39.62 km
Ascent: 3090m
Hewitts: 5
Wainwrights 9


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