Sallows summit

The summit of Sallows

Height: 1691 feet above sea level

Clare, Joe and Sallows

Clare and Joe on Wansfell – Sallows in the background. Picture taken on walk 57, May 2012.

Volume: Book 2 (The Far Eastern Fells)

Date climbed: First visit: 9th October 2009 (walk 7). Second visit: 4th November 2017 (walk 138).

Bagged as number: First round: 24 out of 330. [ << Wetherlam (23)  (25) Sour Howes >> ].

Second round: 126 of 330. [ << Sour Howes (125)  (127) Glenridding Dodd >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Walked from Staveley rail station up to Kentmere (about 4 miles), then turned up Garburn Pass to reach the summit from the top of the pass. Left via the ridge to Sour Howes (which is not listed as a ridge route in Wainwright, though it clearly is one).

Second visit: Reversed all this.

Sallows seen from across Kentmere

Sallows seen from across Kentmere (picture taken on walk 35)

What Mr. Wainwright says (from page 1 of his chapter): “For most walkers, the fells proper in this region start at Garburn Pass and rise to the north, but there are two hills, twins almost, immediately to the south of the Pass, worth a mention though these are not strictly walkers’ territory. The higher of the two is named Sallows… and has much merit as a viewpoint and a scantier virtue as a grouse sanctuary. It is not worth the detour for anyone bound for Ill Bell and places north, and in any case there is not entirely free access to the fell and visitors may be requested to state their business.”

What I say: The fell itself was admittedly not that grand, but it was the culmination of a very pleasant walk up from Staveley up the valley to Kentmere (a wonderfully idyllic spot) and then up Garburn Pass, quite a good climb. The access problems AW mentions may apply lower down but there is a gap in the wall at the top of the pass which does allow access to the top of the fell, although it still looks rather dubious. Still, the fell is defined as ‘open access land’ by law and on the OS map so there should be no reason to bar walkers from visiting it.

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One Response to “Sallows”

  1. […] admittedly — as pictured here0 saw me bag three fells on walk 138: High Knott, Sour Howes and Sallows. The walk was a little longer than expected (12.5 miles) but it’s worth doing thanks to some […]

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