1st May 2011

Silver How, Blea Rigg and Great Langdale from Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 07.45 to 15.05
Duration 7 hr 20 min
Distance 12.4 mile
Ascent 2700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Grasmere - Allan Bank -Silver How - Langhow Tarn - Blea Rigg - Stickle Tarn - Stickle Ghyll - Great Langdale - Chapel Stile - Walthwaite - High Close - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere - Penny rock Woods - A591 - Grasmere
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Car park, Broadgate, Grasmere

Broadgate is one of the three main car parks found in Grasmere. They all charge what may be considered over the odds, but I suppose parking in an area with so many walking options does come with a high price tag.

In addition to the walking on offer, the car park is within a minutes walk from the centre of Grasmere and everything it has to tempt the visitor.


Route Map

We had a nice early start today for a long walk from Grasmere. When we talked last night about where to go, we agreed on a long (ish) walk including a few fells and a long lower level walk back. I could have came up with any number of routes fitting that description, but this one gave us a thoroughly enjoyable day out and a walk that I'd recommend to anyone wanting something out of the ordinary.

Seat Sandal, seen from the road around the side of Allan Bank.

Just around the corner from the previous picture and Helm Crag comes into view.


Helm Crag, Seat Sandal, Fairfield, Great Rigg and Stone Arthur.

Turning around, we get a view into Easedale and part of Far Easedale.

Looking back across Brigstone Moss.

My God it wasn't half windy on here, , , "forget standing about looking at the view, lets just get moving again".

A rather sad looking Lang How Tarn.
The fells behind are Pike O'Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdales.

Walking across the ridge towards between Silver How and Blea Rigg.
Thankfully there weren't many clouds about, but the ones that were there were being blown into some strange / interesting shapes.


"Don't let go or the wind will pick you up and drop you in Easedale Tarn down there"

Looking down to Easedale Tarn.

Harrison Stickle, Pavey Ark and Stickle Tarn.

Down at the tarn now and looking across to Pavey Ark.

Harrison Stickle.

and Pavey Ark again.

Heading down Stickle Ghyll.
If it's a quiet walk down (or up) here you're after use this path. We weren't even half way down and I gave up counting people on the other path when I reached 50. We passed no body until the point where the two paths meet !!

A view down to Great Langdale.

and a view back up.

Stickle Barn.
I assume you can park in the field for less (possibly for nowt) than it costs to use the car park. The field had dozens of cars in it and the car park had three.

A rather dry looking Great Langdale Beck.


Heading along the track through Great Langdale. This track allows you to walk through a long section of the valley without needing to walk along the road.

A view back through Great Langdale.

Great Langdale Beck in front of the familiar Langdale Pikes skyline.

Baysbrown campsite.

Instead of following the river side path to Elterwater, we walked along the narrow road through Walthwaite. A nice alternative if you're walking to Grasmere from Chapel Stile; the views are also better from up here.

Looking back along the road to Walthwaite and Chapel Stile.

Just look at all those cars.

Perhaps I have a good point after all when I say people walking in the Lake District shouldn't restrict themselves to the fell tops.

Grasmere, taken from Loughrigg Terrace.
It wasn't this view that had our attention however, it was, , , ,

, , , , the field of Bluebells at the other end of the terrace path.


There were lots of picnickers and bathers by the lake this afternoon and I'm not surprised, it was scorching hot out of the breeze down here.

Busy Grasmere.

Yippee, here come the ice lollies.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks