31st March 2007

A walk on the fells above Grasmere and Rydal - with no particular route in mind


Walk Overview
Time 08.20 to 13.00
Duration 4 hr 40 min
Distance 8.3 mile
Ascent 3245 ft
Walking with On my own
Rydal - Nab Scar - Heron Pike - Alcock Tarn - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Silver How - Dow Bank - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Rydal Water - Rydal
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking next to Rydal Church

The roadside parking area runs from the church up hill towards Rydal Mount. Even though there is room for quite a few cars, this is a very popular place indeed and you will need to arrive early if you hope to get a space.

Just around the corner you'll find the Badger Bar offering food and drink.

The parking is actually free, but there is an honest box on the fence next to the church for those who are grateful for a days cheap parking.


Route Map

Just above Rydal Mount and heading out onto the fellside path leading to Nab Scar.

Rydal Water, Loughrigg Fell and Grasmere seen from the ridge path below Nab Scar.

I didn't know it when I took this picture, but the wall above the lake was the one I followed down to Rydal Water towards the end of the walk.

Approaching Nab Scar.

It was quite windy as soon as I left the car this morning, so I had no doubt in my mind that the walk up the ridge would be a little wild. As I gained height things were in fact just as I thought they would be and I was getting blown around quite a bit. On the route to Heron Pike I was starting to ask myself if I really wanted to fight against the wind all morning; particularly as I would soon be walking in cloud as well. So, mainly because I had no firm plans for the walk anyway, I decided to leave the ridge at Heron Pike, make my way to Grasmere via Alcock Tarn and then walk onto one of the fells on the opposite side of the lake.

Alcock Tarn above Grasmere (lake and village), with a hazy Silver How behind.

It was on the way down to the tarn that I decided to have a walk up Silver How. The other strong contender was Loughrigg Fell, but it's been almost twelve months since I was on Silver How, so the decision was made.

Grasmere and a slightly better view of Silver How taken from the route down from Alcock Tarn.

A short section of the Thirlmere Aqueduct (I think).

Back down to valley level now and looking across to Helm Crag.

As I was taking this picture of Stone Arthur and I saw the cloud still hanging onto the higher fells, I was pleased I'd opted to walk on this side of the valley. It was still a little breezy, even at lower level, but it was nice to walk in the sunshine.

And looking in the same direction from higher up the route.

Lang How seen behind Brigstone Moss.

And again, this time from Silver How summit and also showing the Langdales, Pavey Ark, Sergeant Man and High Raise.

A rather hazy view of Grasmere and Rydal Water.

On the Grasmere side of Dow Bank and lunch with a view of Silver How.

After passing High Close (YHA) I crossed the road at the junction and headed through Dearbolts Wood to reach Loughrigg Terrace. This picture (looking back) was taken at the point where the path I'd used (left of the picture) joins the broader track coming in from the Grasmere road.

Notice the wooden fence posts being held in place by the through stones in the wall.

A rather windswept looking Grasmere taken from Loughrigg Terrace.

Rydal Water with Silver How behind.

And from the same place, the view looking in the opposite direction.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks