5th May 2014

Silver How and Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 7:50 to 11:55am
Duration 3 hr 5 min
Distance 7.2 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with On my own
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Dow Bank - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere - A591
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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


You may be sick of seeing pictures of this area so I'll say sorry for walking in Grasmere again. However, it wasn't planned and I just sort of ended up here today. I had intended to walk up Helvellyn but there was so much low cloud I couldn't find the bottom of it, and before I knew what was happening, I'd driven past Thirlmere and I was heading down the Grasmere side of Dunmail Raise. It was now time to decide where to walk instead. Silver How got the thumbs up.

The route out of Grasmere took me along the driveway leading up to Allan Bank, the one time home of William Wordsworth.

Helm Crag

A view over Grasmere towards Seat Sandal (you can't see it because of the cloud) and Stone Arthur (the one you can see on the right).

The sign tells you which way to go from here, although, the Silver How on the sign has an "e" on the end of How.

You may have noticed the long distance views were in short supply today.



The path drops into Wray Gill before heading up to the edge of Brigstone Moss.

I'd expected the top to be under cloud but thankfully Silver How come into view as I reached Brigstone Moss.

Silver How summit.

Grasmere and Rydal Water seen from Silver How summit. It's better on a clear sunny day.

A sort of view in the direction of Blea Rigg from Silver How summit.

This side view of Silver How was taken as I began the walk across the Dow Bank ridge.

About half way along the ridge I passed this ruin which I think used to be a peat hut. Or at least the flat, built up area on the left makes me think that's what it was used for.

It's very hazy and cloudy but that's Elterwater down there.

Grasmere comes back into vew just above Red Bank.

Apart from it being a nice area, a bonus from walking here today was seeing all the blue bells below Loughrigg Terrace.

Looking down to Grasmere. The prominent dip in the skyline is Dunmail Raise.

And from a little further along Loughrigg Terrace, Silver How can be seen on the left of the picture.



Part of me thinks it's a shame the blue bells are inaccessible because of the wall. Although on the plus side, at least they're out of harms way and hundreds of pairs of boots can't trample them.

Silver How seen beyond Grasmere. Given that it was a bank holiday, I was surprised how few people there were around here today.

A man and a woman were feeding the ducks as I walked alongside the lake and then, this heron decided to join in the feast. I'm not sure of it was really hungry, really tame or a bit of both. Whatever the reason it didn't seem bothered that I was only about 10 feet away taking its photo.


Looking along the lake to Helm Crag and Dunmail Raise.

I walk through the woods for a while now and again there was no one else about so I had the place to myself.

Heron Pike and Nab Scar.

Just as I was about to take the following picture this goose presented a photo opportunity by flying right in front of the camera.

and after that nice surprise I took this picture of Allan Bank and Helm Crag.

By the time I reached the road it had brightened up a little and was warming up nicely.



The bank holiday visitors were popping in and out of the shops as I walked through Grasmere. I was walking alone so had no reason to head indoors. Had Jennifer been here I'd have spent a bit of time loitering around outside the shops.

Helm Crag and Steel Fell.

Here are some close-up pictures I took today (they're mostly flowers)















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