19th December 2010

We might as well go somewhere sunny - Silver How


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 14.45
Duration 4 hr 45 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere (village)
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, A591 outside Grasmere

I've described this spot as roadside parking, but it is actually a rather long lay-by found between Grasmere and the bottom of Dunmail Raise. It is quite a popular spot, so latecomers may arrive to find it full. If this turned out to be the case the best alternative would be to try one of the car parks in Grasmere itself. It all depends on where you're going of course, but the distance this would add onto your walk is not much at all.


Route Map

We didn't set off to come here today. When we left home we intended to walk from Patterdale. That was until we saw how much cloud there was in the north and and across the east. As we drove past Bassenthwaite we had a frantic "OK where else do you fancy walking" discussion, and Silver How was suggested just in time for us to turn off the A66 outside Keswick. Once again Dunmail Raise acted as a good dividing line for the weather.

Looking across the fields to Silver How.

Heading up the road near Allan Bank.

And looking round to the right you see Seat Sandal, Stone Arthur and the houses alongside Easedale Road.

Although there was enough snow to create a nice wintry feel to the walk there wasn't enough to hinder our progress as is often the case when it's above say ankle depth. What we did have plenty of today was ice, every stream and puddle was frozen solid.

"Come on lass, you can make it"
"I know I can make it, but can't we make it a bit slower"

It was definitely a case of 'in the bleak mid winter' as we crossed Wray Gill.


Grasmere and Rydal Water seen from Silver How summit.

Silver How summit in front of Seat Sandal, Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and behind Jennifer is Fairfield.

Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell, the Langdales and an aeroplane.

A close up of the Langdale Pikes.


Looking down to Chapel Stile.

A view back to Silver How. The summit is the high section on the right.

On route across Dow Bank you get this view of Great Langdale, Lingmoor Fell, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdales.

Passing by the small un-named tarn at the Huntingstile Crag end of the ridge.
In the distance you can see Helm Crag and Steel Fell. They look like one fell from here but there is two. Helm Crag is the one with a bit more brown in it's colour.

Off the fell now and on the High Close road. High Close is along the road behind me; this picture is looking across to Elterwater and Lingmoor Fell.

I've lost track of how many times I've walked across Loughrigg Terrace this year and took a picture of this view. So if you're not sick of it yet, here's one with a semi frozen Grasmere and some snow on the fells.

As we headed back to Grasmere I took this picture of Silver How.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks