Silver How

Details
Grid Ref NY 324 066
Height 1,292 ft

I've read in a few different books that if the light is a certain way, Silver How gives off a strange silver colour. This isn't something I've ever seen, but it may have taken a part in the naming of the fell; who knows. Whatever the reason for its name, Silver How is a lovely little fell which over the years has found its way very close to the top of my list of fells I've ascended the most times. Probably because it offers so many options for routes, and most importantly it's small enough to keep up your sleeve for those days when time, weather or perhaps energy conspire to keep you off the higher fells.

Even if no other fell top is included in your walk Silver How still makes for an enjoyable outing. I will ask you not to be put off by its seemingly isolated position though, a trip to the top of this fell can easily be turned into a walk of multiple fells tops. Blea Rigg is not a huge distance away and can be included, although the area between the two of them may be very confusing for the inexperienced.
One of the most pleasing routes between two different fells, in my opinion, is that linking Silver How and Loughrigg Fell via Dow Bank, where you could easily end up doing a walk of 10 miles or more.

 
 
Location maps
 
 

Route suggestions

Route suggestion: Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How
1.4 mile / 1050 ft
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This is a lovely route taking about an hour or so to complete. When you reach the top you could simply turn around and return the same way, which is more than fine. Alternatively you could make up a circular route by using the Kellbarrow route shown below.

Look out for the old Juniper trees with their interesting twisted shapes. these are found just before you reach Wray Gill.

The only tricky bit here is the the crossing of Wray Gill. First of all make sure you take the left fork where the path splits above the Juniper trees, and getting in and out of the gill itself can be very slippery when wet.


 

Route suggestion: Grasmere Church - near Kellbarrow - under the eastern crags of Silver How
1.3 mile / approx 1100 ft ascent
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It's hard to decide which is the most enjoyable of the two main routes from Grasmere to Silver How. Although I am tempted to say this one is slightly more arduous of the pair. Both routes have their plus side, and if I had to do a comparison I'd say this route feels more mountainous, whereas the Wray Gill route definitely has the upper hand with the views you see along the way.

Photo gallery

The view from the summit

Silver How summit
 
Taken from the road to Allan Bank

Looking across from the Dow Bank ridge
 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose a walk that includes this fell
The number of walks to choose from is 25

4th February 2017
  Silver How and Dow Bank 6.2 mile about 1600 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - High Close - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - White Moss Car park - Whitemoss Tarn - A591
 

17th July 2016
  Silver How. Blea Rigg and Easedale Tarn from Grasmere 7.5 mile about 1900 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Kelbarrow - Silver How - Brigstone Moss - Silver How Tarn - Brigstone Moss Tarn - Lang How Tarn - Swinescar Hause - Blea Rigg - Easedale Tarn - Sourmilk Gill Waterfalls - Easedale - Grasmere - A591
 

29th May 2016
  Silver How and Dow Bank 6.8 mile About 1500 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere (village) - A591
 

10th June 2015 - Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk No 53
  Three tarns near Silver How 6.8 mile 1700 ft
Grasmere - Allan Bank - Brigstone Moss - Lang How Tarn - Silver How Tarn - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - White Moss Wood - Grasmere (lake) - Penny Rock Wood - A591 back to the car
 

7th September 2014
  Grasmere, Silver How, Chapel Stile and Elterwater 6.8 mile 1800 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Megs Gill - Chapel Stile - Elterwater - Walthwaite Bottom - High Close - Deerbolts Wood - Loughrigg Terrace - Penny Rock Wood - A591
 

5th May 2014
  Silver How and Grasmere 7.2 mile 1500 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Dow Bank - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere - A591
 

10th March 2013
  Silver How, Grasmere and Rydal 9.2 mile 2000 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Brigstone Moss - Silver How - Grasmere (lake) - Rydal Water - Rydal - Coffin Route to Grasmere - A591
 

7th October 2012
  Silver How, Loughrigg Fell and the Coffin Route to Grasmere 10.8 mile 2800 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Fell Tarn - Miller Brow - Rydal - Coffin Route - How Top - Grasmere - A591
 

7th July 2012
  Silver How and Grasmere 6.7 mile 1500 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Solver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere - A591 - Grasmere - A591
 

19th November 2011
  Silver How, Great Langdale and Loughrigg Fell 10.4 mile 2900 ft
Grasmere - Kelbarrow - Silver How - Megs Gill - Harry Place Farm - Great Langdale - Chapel Stile - Walthwaite - High Close - end of Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Tarn - Oaks - Redbank Wood - Grasmere
 

18th June 2011
  Pavey Ark to Loughrigg Fell - Richards first and last 9.6 mile 3300 ft
New Dungeon Ghyll - Stickle Ghyll - Stickle Tarn - North Gully - Pavey Ark - top of Bright Beck - Blea Rigg - Lang How Tarn - Silver How - Dow Bank - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Tarn - Elterwater
 

1st May 2011
  Silver How, Blea Rigg and Great Langdale from Grasmere 12.4 mile 2700 ft
Grasmere - Allan Bank -Silver How - Langhow Tarn - Blea Rigg - Stickle Tarn - Stickle Ghyll - Great Langdale - Chapel Stile - Walthwaite - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere - Penny rock Woods - A591 - Grasmere
 

19th December 2010
  We might as well go somewhere sunny - Silver How 6.7 mile 1500 ft
Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere (village)
 

8th September 2010
  A sunny afternoon on Silver How 6.8 mile 1500 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Alan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere - Penny Rock Wood - A591 - Grasmere - A591
 

26th June 2010
  Silver How and Loughrigg Fell 10.4 mile 3050 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Megs Gill - Chapel Stile - Walthwaite - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Rydal Caves - Rydal Water - Rydal - Rydal Mount - Coffin route - How Top - Grasmere - A591
 

17th January 2010
  Silver How and the longer way back to Grasmere 7.4 mile 1720 ft
Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Rydal Water - Rydal - Coffin Route - How Top - Grasmere
 

20th June 2009
  Here, there and everywhere after Silver How 9.1 mile 2300 ft
Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Lang How Tarn - Lang How - Swinescar Pike - Below Lang How - Brigstone Moss - Below Silver How - Dow Bank ridge - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - White Moss car park - How Top - Grasmere
 

22nd November 2008
  Grasmere, Silver How, Chapel Stile and Elterwater 5.8 mile 1700 ft
Grasmere - Kelbarrow - Silver How - Megs Gill - Chapel Stile - Elterwater - High Close Road - Grasmere Road - Grasmere
 

20th April 2008
  Grasmere and Silver How 5.7 mile 1450 ft
A591 - Grasmere - Alan Bank - Silver How - Dow Bank (below) - Redbank Wood (edge of) - The Lea - Grasmere - A591
 

28th May 2007
  Silver How, Loughrigg Tarn and Geasmere 7.7 mile 1970 ft
Grasmere - Kelbarrow - Silver How - Dow Bank - High Close - Loughrigg Tarn - Loughrigg Terrace - Baneriggs - A591 - Grasmere
 

31st March 2007
  A walk on the fells above Grasmere and Rydal - with no particular route in mind 8.3 mile 3245 ft
Rydal - Nab Scar - Heron Pike - Alcock Tarn - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Silver How - Dow Bank - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Rydal Water - Rydal
 

29th April 2006
  Keswick to Grasmere along the Cenral ridge. 17 mile 4100 ft
Keswick - Rakefoot - Walla Crag - Bleaberry Fell - High Seat - The Pewits - High Tove - Armboth Fell - Bell Crags - Ullscarf - Greenup Edge - High Raise - Sergeant Man - Blea Rigg - Lang How - Silver How - Grasmere
 

19th March 2006
  Fun in the snow on Silver How 4.5 mile 1280 ft
Grasmere - Allan Bank - Silver How - Dow Bank - Hunting Stile - Grasmere
 

1st November 2005
  Sergeant Man to Silver How from Grasmere 11 mile 3333 ft
Grasmere - Easedale Tarn - Sergeant Man - Thunacar Knott - Pavey Ark - Stickle Tarn - Blea Rigg - Silver How - Grasmere
 

31st May 2004
  A walk from Grasmere - Silver How to Loughrigg. 7.1 mile 2329 ft
Grasmere - Brigtone Moss - Silver How - Dow Bank - Huntingstile Crag - High close ( YHA ) - Loughrigg Tarn - Loughrigg - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (Lake) - Grasmere.
 



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Lake District Walks