17th January 2010

Silver How and the longer way back to Grasmere


Walk Overview
Date 17th January 2010
Time 09.45 to 13.45
Duration 4 hr
Distance 7.4 mile
Ascent 1720 ft
Walking with On my own
Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Rydal Water - Rydal - Coffin Route - How Top - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking spaces opposite Grasmere Church

This is one for the early bird or for the very lucky I'm afraid. Opposite the church there about half a dozen parking spaces all of which fill up very quickly, and as fast as one becomes empty during the day someone else is ready to take advantage.

On the plus side, the homesty box belonging to the church asks far less for a days parking than the national trust or the council.


Route Map

Leaving Grasmere behind to take the Allan Bank route up to Silver How.

A little further on and the view opens up towards Helm Crag (left) and Seat Sandal (right).

Despite the thaw well and truly setting in and a good deal of snow disappearing over the last week, there were still some icy patches here and there. Most of them could be passed with out too much of a problem, but it was still worth putting a bit of thought into where I was stepping; just in case.

With only so much to go around, I guess this was my two minutes worth of sunshine for the day. Never mind, there was no wind, the forecasted showers never arrived and it was surprisingly warm, so I didn't really have anything to complain about.

Brigstone Moss is a wet and boggy place at the best of times, and for fear of stepping up to my knees in water or mud, this is somewhere I'm very careful about which routes I take. I dread to think what it was like today with all this snow hiding its streams, pools and bogs, , , , I'm sure you get the picture.

Grasmere and Rydal Water, taken from Silver How summit.

A wintry view across to the Langdales.

And while I'm here, a picture of the summit itself.

A close up of Chapel Stile.

And not so close up. This time showing Lingmoor Fell.

Following the lonning which runs between the Red Bank road and Loughrigg Terrace.
Notice the wall on the left, with the fence posts held in place by the 'through stones'.

It looks like the council never made it as far as Loughrigg Terrace with any grit.

Grasmere, seen from Loughrigg Terrace.

A semi frozen Rydal Water still retaining some areas of thicker ice.

Silver How, seen in the distance beyond Rydal Water.

Looking in the opposite direction towards a snowy Low Pike.

"I wish all this ice would melt so I can have a decent swim".

Rydal church.

I was on the return leg of the walk now and beginning to head along the coffin (or corpse) route back to Grasmere.

Another picture showing the ice patterns on Rydal Water.


White Moss Tarn looks so much better after the recent work which has been carried out to control the New Zealand Pigmy Weed. The weed was gradually taking over the tarn and for much of the year it looked like nothing more than a muddy pool.

It is thought that the tarn was originally created as a 'Tenting Pond' for cleaning wool, or a 'Retting Pond' for processing flax for linen.


Inside Grasmere church, where I was pleased to find they were selling CDs of organ music actually played on the organs in Grasmere and Rydal churches. Not everyone's cup of tea I know, but for a classical music geek like myself it really made my day to be able to listen to music I'm very familiar with, played in two of Lakelands churches. As I said "classical music geek".

David Hall -
Lake District Walks