7th September 2014

Grasmere, Silver How, Chapel Stile and Elterwater


Walk Overview
Time 9:15am to 1:50pm
Duration 4 hr 35 min
Distance 6.8 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Megs Gill - Chapel Stile - Elterwater - Walthwaite Bottom - High Close - Deerbolts Wood - Loughrigg Terrace - Penny Rock Wood - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Parking Spaces, A591 outside Grasmere

When Grasmere is very busy and parking is a problem, this would be a good place to try. It may be outside the village but it's only a 5 minute walk to the village centre. From the south end of the lay-by cross straight over the road and follow the signed footpath to Millennium Bridge and the church.


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


As we drove home yesterday I decided somewhere around Lancaster that I'd have enough of motorway driving. Rather than following the normal route up to Penrith and then across to the west, we thought it would be a good idea to cut off at Kendal and drive straight through the middle of the Lake District (so to speak). As we passed Grasmere, Jennifer commented how much she likes walking on Silver How. "okay, that seems as good a place as any to walk tomorrow" (today), , , , I'm sure you know what I mean.

Millennium Bridge is crossed just on the edge of the village.


Grasmere was peaceful and quiet as we walked through here this morning. No need to dodge the cars or the people yet.

Silver How seen here from the road leading up to Allan Bank.


Looking across to Seat Sandal, Fairfield & Great Rigg (just), and Stone Arthur.

The sign tells us to turn left for Silver Howe (with an "e"). I've always known it to be Silver How (without an "e"). Does this mean in all the dozens of times I've been up here I've been going to the wrong place!

Helm Crag rises above the rooftop.


WOW! We spotted two of these Lancaster Bombers flying very slowly in front of Stone Arthur. They were a bit too far away to get a decent picture and I wasn't in the best spot at the time anyway. Unfortunately this was about as good as I could get the computer to make it look.

Jennifer leads the way into Wray Gill.

More height is gained and the view opens up to include the Dollywaggon Pike / Nethermost Pike / Helvellyn ridge, more of Fairfield, Hart Crag and Steel Fell.

From Silver How you get a fine view across to Pike O'Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdales. It's not an impossible task to walk across there from where we're standing but it's a heck of a lot further than it seems.

Grasmere and Rydal, seen as we leave Silver How (e??) summit.

Rather than walk across Dow Bank, we made the spur of the moment decision to head down to Chapel Stile from this point. It's not far but it's a bit rough in places and the bracken made it a little harder than it should have been towards the bottom. Between here and Chapel Stile was also a new section of route for Jennifer.

A short terrace like path leads us across Megs Gill where we then head downwards. You can see the path running through the bracken.

As I said "it's a bit rough" but still manageable.

Adding scale.

Looking down to Chapel Stile and Elterwater Quarry.

In the distance Bow Fell peeps out from the side of Lingmoor Fell.

The quarry working have left some impressive rock formations.
I'm sure many climber out there would like to test themselves on this. Speaking for myself, I always say this is far too close to nature for me.

It's there for everyone to take advantage of but it's not the most obvious sign I've ever came across. I only noticed it when I turned around to sneeze.

The gateway to Chapel Stile.

Food was consumed at Chapel Stile and after a short walk we were in Elterwater, which was quite busy today. No doubt the blue skies and summer temperatures brought people from the indoors to the outdoors.

Summer has returned to Elterwater.

Bow Fell, Esk Pike and the Langdale Pikes.

On the left hand side of Lingmoor Fell are Wetherlam, Swirl How and Great Carrs.



What a pity the walk through Deerbolts Wood to Loughrigg Terrace isn't about three miles long.

Steel Fell, Lonscale Fell, Dunmail Raise and Seat Sandal. All seen from Loughrigg Terrace.

Looking around, we now see Silver How, Grasmere, Tarn Crag, Calf Crag, Gibson Knott, Helm Crag and Steel Fell.

Grasmere's outflow.

After crossing the bridge next to the weir we walk through Penny Rock Woods to reach the main road. Another lovely section of path that should be a few miles longer.

Silver How seen across Grasmere.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks