29th May 2016

Silver How and Dow Bank

Time 8:30am to 12:30pm
Duration 4 hr
Distance 6.8 mile
Ascent somewhere around 1500 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - Grasmere (village) - A591
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.

Route Map


On the walk from the car park to the village we look across to Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur. It's only half past eight but it's warm and I reckon mornings don't get much better than this one.

Around the side of Allan Bank the road offers views of Seat Sandal, and

Helm Crag and,

now both of them together plus Fairfield, Great Rigg and Stone Arthur.


A close up of the Langdales (except Pike O'Stickle).

and not so close up from Silver How summit. On the left are Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.

A sit down for ten minutes allows us to admire the view down to Grasmere and Rydal.

Looking back towards Silver How from one of the many paths along the Dow Bank ridge.

Chapel Stile and Lingmoor Fell seen from Dow Bank.


Dow Bank summit.



Lunch with a view down to Grasmere. We were going to eat on Loughrigg Terrace but my stomach couldn't wait, plus I thought all the seats would be taken with it being such a nice day.

We reach Loughrigg Terrace in hot sunshine and walk to the end of the path before dropping down to the lake.

You can't blame me for enjoying it around here can you.

Silver How seen behind Grasmere.

Nice to see lots of families out enjoying the sunshine and warmth.


The lakeshore path through Deerbolt Woods.


Passing by the boat house and looking across to Nab Scar. Is was somewhere along here I came up with an idea of walking the Fairfield horseshoe tomorrow.

Back in Grasmere my job was to grab the empty seat over there while Jennifer went in and bought the ice creams. 15 minutes were spent enjoying the sunshine, the heat of the day and the whole atmosphere of the place.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks