28th May 2007

Silver How, Loughrigg Tarn and Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 09.20 to 13.35
Duration 4 hr 15 min
Distance 7.7 mile
Ascent 1970 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Kelbarrow - Silver How - Dow Bank - High Close - Loughrigg Tarn - Loughrigg Terrace - Baneriggs - A591 - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Broadgate, Grasmere

Broadgate is one of the three main car parks found in Grasmere. They all charge what may be considered over the odds, but I suppose parking in an area with so many walking options does come with a high price tag.

In addition to the walking on offer, the car park is within a minutes walk from the centre of Grasmere and everything it has to tempt the visitor.


Route Map

After a short walk along the road out of Grasmere we turned onto this footpath running through the area marked on the map as Kelbarrow.

A little further along and the views really start to open up. The fells in this picture are Helm Crag, Seat Sandal, Fairfield, Great Rigg and Stone Arthur.

And looking around in the other direction towards Grasmere and Rydal Water.

Shortly after taking the previous photo (next to the wall) we turned right from the main track and headed up the steep, but well "stepped" path, to reach the fellside just below Silver How summit.

Looking back down from the point where the steps ended and the gradient eased off a little.

A close up of the Langdale Pikes taken from Silver How summit.

A spiders web of paths criss-crossing the fellside next to Spedding Crag and Dow Bank. The two lakes in the picture are Windermere and Eltermere.

Looking down to Elterwater slate quarry.

And down to Chapel Stile.

The view back to Silver How.

The lovely little village of Elterwater.

Another view down to Chapel Stile, this one with Lingmoor Fell behind.

Silver How seen from just below Dow Bank. Notice what looks like a line of scree running down hill to the right of Silver How summit; this was our ascent route earlier in the walk.

Passing next to this small un-named tarn near Huntingstile Crag.

A bit of a de-tour took us to Loughrigg Tarn.

The Oaks - Bed and Breakfast.

Loughrigg Terrace. Not quite as busy as I'd expected it to be on a bank holiday, but we still saw more people around this area than we did on the rest of the walk put together.

The weir end of Grasmere seen from Loughrigg Terrace.

Darkening clouds to the north.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks