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Sour Howes and Sallows - 214 Ups and Downs214 Ups and Downs

It’s nearly a year! Our adventure was supposed to have seen us bag at least 20 hills this year so that we had made some headway into our challenge. My bad. I injured my toe. I’m not at all sure how I did it but I’ve struggled to get into any routine of running, walking or any other kind of exercise.

I cannot begin to tell you how hard this has made it not to put all the weight back on that I lost over the years. To say that I have got through that and still be in reasonable shape is both and relief a sense of battle won (not the war though).

We are back at it now! We have completed another 2 walks and are delighted. We needed to do something that was going to take no more than 2-3 hours, that was not too high and was relatively straightforward.

Sour Howes and Sallows is going to become a family favourite, I just know it. The walk is mostly very straightforward but treats the walker with pleasant surprise after pleasant surprise.

Setting off from Troutbeck the route to Sallows is mostly up a single track. As we headed up the path we were rewarded with views of the west side of the Kentmere Horseshoe, Troutbeck Park, Wansfell and The Tongue. A little further and Windermere comes into view as you look back on the route.

As we reached the top of the track we took a sharp, steep turn, climbing the boggy ground to the summit. It is just a few minutes up the hill but the rewards were really as hoped. We could see all the way down to the coast, all the way to the Coniston Fells, over to the Langdales and a great view of Red Screes and the Kirkstone Pass. Such a treat.

We stopped for a rest at the top of Sallows and took in the view, just for a short while as the wind was picking up.

Our second stop was at Sour Howes which was a slightly less obvious path but pretty easy to follow all the same. Arran got a good sleep in at this point, despite the wind really getting going but his ‘hazmat suit’ really did the trick and he slept through the second, particularly diminutive summit!

It is a nice walk back down to Troutbeck but a little steeper. We got back with plenty of time to go and get a decent lunch in. Job done.

We are both so pleased to be back at it. Arran LOVED being in the carrier and we can’t wait to get out there again. Sam has mentioned Dollywagon Pike now so we really need to get cracking! I think we’ll return to this part of the Lakes though. I have never been there before and it is remarkably beautiful.

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