10th June 2015

Visiting the Lake District Tarns - Walk 53

Three tarns near Silver How

Time 1:50 to 6:15pm
Duration 4 hr 25 min
Distance 6.8 mile
Ascent 1700 ft
Walking with Jennifer
Grasmere - Allan Bank - Brigstone Moss - Lang How Tarn - Silver How Tarn - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - White Moss Wood - Grasmere (lake) - Penny Rock Wood - A591 back to the car
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre -
Parking Spaces, A591 outside Grasmere

When Grasmere is very busy and parking is a problem, this would be a good place to try. It may be outside the village but it's only a 5 minute walk to the village centre. From the south end of the lay-by cross straight over the road and follow the signed footpath to Millennium Bridge and the church.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


It's been a long time coming but summer finally turned up this week so we had to make sure we didn't miss out on it altogether. Wednesday's are always a good day for us to walk mid week but today we were restricted to the afternoon. "That's OK, it doesn't get dark til late so there's nowt stopping us getting out and still having a good walk". And a good walk we certainly had.

Our route out of the vilalge was along the narrow road above Allan Bank. You get some great view from this road like this one of Seat Sandal.


The view across to Helm Crag and Seat Sandal which was taken from about half way along the section of road seen in the previous photo.


With enough height gained the view opens up to show Nab Scar, Grasmere & Rydal and on the left, Loughrigg Fell. The pointed bit in the distance is Wansfell Pike.

Silver How seen from the path around the edge of Brigstone Moss.

The first of today's tarns was Brigstone Moss Tarn. We'll be passing by the other side of the tarn shortly but before that we walk the short distance to, , , ,

Lang How Tarn which is sadly becoming more and more overgrown and chocked up with grasses. Even though the tarn isn't as attractive as it could be; the view from here is still great. In the background are Pike O'Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdales.


From this angle it hardly looks like there's a tarn here at all.

Looking down to Great Langdale. As with the earlier picture, in the background are Pike O'Blisco, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the Langdales.

And as if by magic, we're back at Brigstone Moss Tarn.


A whole 3 minutes after taking the previous picture and we're standing next to Silver How Tarn. In the distance are Seat Sandal, Fairfield and Great Rigg.


Ahead of us is Silver How.

Silver How summit.

Looking down to Grasmere and Rydal from Silver How.
Now we had to decide which way we wanted to walk back to the car. We agreed that it was far too nice an afternoon to choose a short route so Jennifer suggested that we walk around the far side of Grasmere. She particularly enjoys walking here so I was happy to resign from the job of 'route suggester' and leave Jennifer in charge.

Grasmere, seen in front of the western half of the Fairfield Horseshoe.

A close up of the quarry at Elterwater.

We're down below the little rocky bit on Silver How and we look across the Dow Bank ridge.

A view back to Silver How.

A close up of Elterwater

and, a little further through the valley is Chapel Stile.

Elterwater (Eltermere).

Zooming in a little for a picture showing part of Windermere. Also in view are Loughrigg Tarn and Wray Castle


Admittedly this isn't the best picture but in my defence I was caught by surprise and didn't have time to think. It was a case of quickly pointing the camera and making it go click.

It was really hot now and an absolute pleasure to be walking in such a gorgeous area on a day like this.

A close up of Rydal Water.

Grasmere, taken from Loughrigg Terrace.

From the end of Loughrigg Terrace we look across to Rydal Water before heading into the woods you see on the left of the picture.






I'm not sure what else to say other than "what a brilliant afternoon".

David Hall -
Lake District Walks