7th July 2012

Silver How and Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 09.50 to 12.40
Duration 2 hr 50 min
Distance 6.7 mile
Ascent 1500 ft
Walking with On my own
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Solver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere - 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

After hearing that unmistakable sound of hooves on a road, I turned around and saw these ladies walking towards me.

I hope they're not going up Silver How as well.

The gateway to Allan Bank.


Looking a little bit to the right and you now see Seat Sandal, Fairfield, Great Rigg (sort of) and Stone Arthur.

According to the forecast we were in for better weather than most other parts of the country today; and it certainly wasn't bad at all. Having said that, heavy showers could not be ruled out altogether. Had this been the case, I would have done one of my remaining three passes walks. Perhaps during the week or next weekend.

Sunshine on Helm Crag.

This is Wray Gill. The path I took goes into the gill, crosses it and then goes up the bank on the left hand side. The other path takes you up to Brigstone Moss. By a round about way you can still get to Silver How by following the path to the right, but the Wray Gill route is the more direct and certainly the driest.

Looking back out of Wray Gill.

A view ahead to Silver How.

Silver How summit.
Notice the patch of scorched earth. It really makes you wonder why someone felt the need to light a fire up here.

Grasmere and Rydal, taken from the summit.

A close up of part of Grasmere. The big building at the top is the garden centre.


Silver How, seen across a sea of bracken.

Looking down to Chapel Stile.

Grasmere and Silver How.

Now this I have to see.   It turned out that there was some sort of fundraising event taking place in aid of the cystic fibrosis trust. People were swimming across the lake and then 'walking' across the road.

As the sign said "swimmers crossing"
The water must have been cold.

Silver How, this time seen from the outskirts of Grasmere.

Back in Grasmere.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks