Sour Howes

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Sour Howes
Sour Howes from Sallows.jpg
Sour Howes with Windermere beyond from Sallows.
Range: Lake District Far Eastern Fells
Summit: 1,585 feet NY427032
54°25’16"N, 2°53’4"W

Sour Howes is a small fell in the English Lake District. It is to be found three miles east of Ambleside, between the Troutbeck and Kentmere valleys and is one of the two separate fells on Applethwaite Common (the other being Sallows).


From Sour Howes: the head of Windermere with the Coniston Fells beyond

Sour Howes, which reaches a height of 1,585 feet is mostly grassy although heather grows on the eastern slopes, a high dry stone wall crosses the top and links with the neighbouring fell of Sallows, which is about a mile to the north-east, and with Sour Howe’s subsidiary top of Capple Howe (1,460 feet) which is 650 yards to the south-east.

The fells western flank falls away steeply to the Troutbeck valley, this slope is traversed lower down by the Dubbs Road bridleway which goes north joining the track which crosses the Garburn Pass (Byway open to all traffic) on its way to Kentmere. The disused and now wooded Applethwaite quarry stands on these western slope alongside the Garburn track, it is quite substantial and an interesting place to explore. On its eastern side Sour Howes drops more gently to the Kentmere valley with the stream of Park Beck draining the fell and being a tributary of the River Kent. There are some well made grouse butts amongst the heather on these eastern slopes.


Sour Howes can be ascended from the Troutbeck or Kentmere valleys, its ascent can be combined with the adjacent fell of Sallows and also with a visit to the more stirring Yoke to Thornthwaite Crag ridge to the north. The ascents from either valley utilise the Garburn Pass track to its highest point before going south to the summit following the dry stone wall.


The top of the fell is a series of grassy knolls with the highest of these marked by a small pile of stones, the view is extremely fine for such a small fell, there is a fine vista of the high mountains to the west, to the south Windermere is well seen and beyond that Morecambe Bay.


  • Wainwright, Alfred: A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, Book Two — The Far Eastern Fells (1957)
  • Complete Lakeland Fells, Bill Birkett, ISBN 0-00-713629-3