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.