8th September 2010

A sunny afternoon on Silver How


Walk Overview
Time 13.45 to 17.45
Duration 4 hr
Distance 6.8 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Grasmere - Alan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere - Penny Rock Wood - A591 - 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

Helm Crag, seen from the side of the road near the start of this afternoons walk.

Grasmere village; warts and all, including cars, van, lamp post, yellow sign and Bus Stop.

Walking past Allan Bank and looking across to Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur.


On the opposite side of Easedale is Helm Crag which was one of our options for this afternoons walk. As it turned out, we decided to head onto Silver How instead. The reason being that it has more possibilities for shortening or lengthening the walk.

Just before we crossed Wray Gill, I took this picture showing the Great Rigg arm of the Fairfield horseshoe and a glimpse of Grasmere village.

This is the only part of this route onto Silver How where you're likely to find it significantly wet under foot. Today however, it was just about bone dry with no need to zigzag at all.

Nearly at the top now and yes, I know it was me who suggested you put on a fleece top. In my defence though, I didn't know it would turn out to be this warm and I suppose you could always take it off.

Grasmere and Rydal seen from Silver How summit.


Looking back to Silver How.
As seen as though it was such a nice afternoon and we were in an area with lots of options, we decided to take the slightly longer route back to Grasmere across the Dow Bank ridge. Although the ridge may have a few downs and than ups, none of them are strenuous enough to make you wish you'd gone a different way.

A view down to Chapel Stile. I took this picture from Spedding Crag.


Everywhere you look you can see the bracken is rapidly dying off now. Autumn is well and truly on its way.
The fells in the background are Seat Sandal, Fairfield (in shadow), Great Rigg, Stone Arthur, Herron Pike, Nab Scar and on the right is Red Screes.

Passing by the small reedy pool found on the Huntingstile Crag end of the ridge.

It's not very long, but there is quite a steep little section from Huntingstile Crag down to the path you see here.

The back of High Close YHA.

The area around Loughrigg Terrace was surprisingly quiet while we were here today. Then again, I suppose the schools are back and most of the holiday makers have left.
From here we walked almost to the end of the terrace, and then down to the bridge you can see bottom left of the picture.

Zooming in on pleasingly clear Dunmail Raise. The pointed fell in the distance is Lonscale Fell; almost 14 miles away between Skiddaw and Blencathra.

No wonder I enjoy fell walking so much !!

this is the bridge I mentioned in an earlier picture.

Grasmere's outflow / weir.

Penny Rock Wood.

A view across Grasmere (the lake) to Silver How, taken from the roadside leading back to Grasmere (the village).

Grasmere church.
We did think about trying to find someone to let them know the clock was wrong, but decided to go to the co-op and buy an ice cream instead.

Back at the car and ready to set off, but first, I nipped across the road to take this picture.

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