10th March 2013

Silver How, Grasmere and Rydal


Walk Overview
Time 09.15 to 14.15
Duration 5 hr
Distance 9.2 Mile
Ascent 2000 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Brigstone Moss - Silver How - Grasmere (lake) - Rydal Water - Rydal - Coffin Route to 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

Oh well, it looks like spring has been put on hold for a little while longer. With fresh snow on the higher fells and a stiff easterly wind we decided to get up somewhere, but not too high today. We then headed back the longer way instead of bolting back to the car straight away.

Through the gateway to Allan Bank.

A couple of minutes after walking through the gate you pass by the house itself. The house is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public (at certain times of year). It looks like they're doing some thinning out of he trees and general ground maintenance ready for the up and coming season.

Helm Crag (without snow) and Seat Sandal (with snow), seen behind the houses on the Easedale end of Grasmere.

The road continues for a short distance above Allan Bank.

Just about to cross Wray Gill.

Not far from Silver How and the going is much easier when the ground is frozen and almost dry anyway. Normally this can be quite wet under foot.


Standing on top of Silver How and looking across to the snow topped Pike O'Blisco, Crincle Crags, Bow Fell, Langdales, Pavey Ark, Sergeant Man and High Raise.

A close up of Seat Sandal. It all seems to blend in together but Dollywaggon Pike, Nethermost Pike and Helvellyn are there as well.

Grasmere and Rydal seen from the top of Silver How.

A view down our descent route from Silver How.   and a view back up.

Another close up of Seat Sandal, this time with a little more sunshine across the fell. The temperature was that low today I had to kneel down to see it. Quite a difference from two weeks ago when I was on Seat Sandal and Fairfield in short sleeves.

Someone has turned the light off.

Passing by the old boat house next to Grasmere.

Looking across Grasmere to Silver How (left) and Helm Crag (right).

Lunch with a view.
Two minutes into the main course and it started to snow. Needless to say we didn't bother ordering a dessert.

Time to get going again and we double back to the bridge next to Grasmere's Weir before continuing on to Rydal Water.

Once you're on the slightly higher ground at the end of Loughrigg Terrace, Rydal Water comes into view along with the path you need to get you there.

A close up of Low Pike.

And not so close up.

It wasn't exactly deserted but I thought there would have been more people around here today.

Houses below Rydal Mount.

It looks like a band heavier band of snow is about to pass over the area.

Walking along the coffin route.

Whitemoss Common Tarn.

Looking across to Silver How.

It's probably just the light, but it looks like someone has been throwing stones through the windows at Dove Cottage.

There's more to see around here than the big views so don't forget to look at the ground from time to time.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks