26th June 2010

Silver How and Loughrigg Fell


Walk Overview
Time 09.45 to 15.00
Duration 5 hr 15 min
Distance 10.4 mile
Ascent 3050 ft
Walking with On my own
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Megs Gill - Chapel Stile - Walthwaite - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Rydal Caves - Rydal Water - Rydal - Rydal Mount - Coffin route - How Top - 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.


Route Map

It looks like someone has taken a knife and sliced the end off this house along the road leading to Allen Bank.

Calf Crag, seen from the road near Allan Bank.

This picture shows just how hazy and cloudy it was this morning, and because of this I abandoned my original idea of walking some of the high fells above Buttermere. As soon as I got far enough from home to see the the fells, or not see them as the case was today, I thought it better to stay a little lower down.

Heading to Silver How.

Well that was a struggle; not because of the amount of ascent, but because it was hot, humid and hard work.

A close up of Grasmere.

Grasmere and Rydal Water.

After leaving Silver How I decided to head down to Chapel Stile.

Following the narrow traverse around to Megs Gill.

Lingmoor Fell above Great Langdale.

On route to Chapel Stile I had a look around the disused quarry.

Off the fell and onto the road through Chapel Stile.

Looking back to Chapel Stile.


As I stood at the end of Loughrigg Terrace I had one of those should I or shouldn't I moments. It had eventually turned into quite a sunny day and I was trying to talk myself into adding Loughrigg Fell onto the walk. I didn't have any real plan anyway so I thought what the heck and I headed up hill again.

Looking down to the end of Grasmere.

And now, Grasmere in all its glory.

Loughrigg Fell summit.
There was actually quite a few people up here, but I managed to get this picture between families taking photos of each other.

Another picture of the summit, this one taken from my 'quiet' lunch spot.

Heading back down now, but rather than using one of the more popular routes, I headed for the area right above the caves near Rydal Water.

An unusual view of Grasmere and the fells beyond.

Nab Scar and Rydal Water.
The rocky section on this side of the trees is the top of the cave.

And the cave itself.

Rydal Water, but where are all the crowds?


At the start of the coffin route above Rydal Mount. Or, if you'd walked from the other direction; at the end of the coffin route above Rydal Mount.


How Top, perhaps looking a little overgrown, but I suppose summer is in full swing.

Stone Arthur and Seat Sandal.

Grasmere Church.

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