7th October 2012

Silver How, Loughrigg Fell and the Coffin Route to Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 09.00 to 15.30
Duration 6 hr 30 min
Distance 10.8 mile
Ascent 2800 ft
Walking with On my own
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Loughrigg Fell - Loughrigg Fell Tarn - Miller Brow - Rydal - 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

What a gorgeous day it was going to be, with blue sky, sunshine and a frosty start. This was about as good as it gets at this time of year. The only aim of today's walk was Silver How, over there on the left. Once I got going I ended up walking almost double what I'd set out to do.

Another picture of Silver How, this time taken from the road leading from the centre of Grasmere to Allan Bank.

As the road turns around the side of Allan Bank the view opens up to show Helm Crag, Seat Sandal and the houses alongside Easedale Road.

"Now there's something we haven't seen very often this year"
"What, , , , a white house with a car in front of it"
"No, a picture of the sky with no clouds in it"

The early morning chill had gone now and it was warming up nicely as I gained height.
Helm Crag is in the centre of the picture.

Looking over Brigstone Moss to Lang How.

Silver How summit in front of Wetherlam and the Coniston fells. A little more to the right and you can see Pike O'Blisco, and of course Lingmoor Fell; running across the centre of the picture.

Stepping round to the other side of the cairn and this photo shows Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdales.

As I admired the view of Grasmere and Rydal, it was time to make a decision on where to go next. My foot felt okay considering the walk I'd done yesterday and this weather wouldn't have been out of place in the middle of July. So, I headed across Dow Bank with the possibility of adding Loughrigg Fell onto the walk. I'll make my mind up when I reach the end of Loughrigg Terrace.

The vale of Grasmere seen below Seat Sandal, Fairfield, Great Rigg, Stone Arthur and Heron Pike.
Surprisingly, I can never really think of a decent answer when I'm asked why I enjoy walking in the Lakes District and why I want to get out so often. Perhaps I should carry a copy of this picture about with me and simply say "see for yourself".


A view down to chapel Stile and Great Langdale.

and here's a close up of Chapel Stile.

Seat Sandal, Fairfield, Great Rigg and Stone Atrhur.


Grasmere, taken from the path up Loughrigg Fell.

Lots of fells on offer here from Wetherlan on the left to Pavey Ark on the right.

The summit Loughrigg Fell was very busy today. I didn't walk across to the top. When you've been up here as many times as I have, actually getting to the trig point isn't the most important part of the walk.

After walking up and down the undulations on Loughrigg Fell it was time to head down to Brow Head Farm. Considering I'd only set out to have a short walk over Silver How, I was now four hours into the walk and still heading away from the car.



Making my way to Pelter Bridge. From here I had the options to walk past Rydal Water or head back to Grasmere along the coffin route. For no reason worth mentioning I chose the coffin route.

Passing by Rydal Church

Rydal, seen from the coffin route. Over there on the skyline is Wansfell Pike.

There were lots of people out and about on the coffin route today enjoying some welcome sunshine.

From the opposite side of the road to the car, I took this picture looking towards Seat Sandal.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks