4th February 2017

Silver How and Dow Bank

Time 10:50am to 1:50pm
Duration 3 hours
Distance 6.2 mile
Ascent somewhere around 1600 ft but don't quite me on that
Walking with On my own
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - High Close - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - White Moss Car park - Whitemoss Tarn - A591
Fells visited
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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.
Route Map


Helm Crag, Steel Fell and most of Seat Sandal seen as I walk from the parking spaces into Grasmere.

Almost, but not quite out of the village and I look along the winding path which leads to Easdale Road. The fell to the left of the buildings is Helm Crag.

A view back down the road on Allan Bank with Stone Arthur on the opposite side of the valley.

A bit further up and now the camera captures Seat Sandal, Stone Arthur, Fairfield and the very top of Great Rigg.

Helm Crag, Gibson Knott, Calf Crag and the top of Steel Fell seen from the steep grassy bit between Allan Bank and Wray Gill.


That was good timing, both myself and the sunshine arrived at the top of Silver How at the same time. After a couple of minutes summit time we both left in opposite directions.

Here's a sort of close up of the Langdale Pikes.

Before leaving, I look in the direction of Rydal.

OK, one last photo from the summit.

Grasmere and Rydal, taken from the walk down from Silver How to the Dow Bank Ridge.

As I reach the top of Dow Bank I spot the sunshine lighting up the area around Chapel Stile. It didn't last long but it looked very nice while it was there. and right behind me is, , , , ,

, , , , the summit cairn on Dow Bank. Look straight up from the cairn and then ever so slightly to the right and that's the top of Silver How.


Before it goes out of view I take a photo looking down to Elterwater and across to Lingmoor Fell.

At this point I thought the day was taking a much brighter turn and I hoped to spend the rest of the walk in sunshine - - I was wrong in a big way.

Heading down to Loughrigg Terrace.

You get a fantastic view of the lake and the Vale of Grasmere from Loughrigg Terrace. As I admired the view today, the most noticeable thing was how dark it was getting.



Not long after taking the previous picture, myself and a few other people were diving into our rucksacks for our waterproofs. Some were already waterproofed up and others that were less prepared for winter weather were getting soaked. It only lasted about 10 minutes but it didn't half make it's presence felt. That really heavy straight down rain which falls like stair rods.


And to finish, I arrive at How Top and as I look across to Silver How the sun decides to show it's face again.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks