Over Silver How.

Start. Grasmere.

Route. Grasmere - Red Bank Road - Silver How - Wray Gill - Allan Bank - Grasmere.

Notes. Cloudless blue skies, not a breath of wind, far to nice a day to ignore, unfortunately work commitments stood in the way, with limited time available I opted for a walk up Silver How. The problem with Silver How is once you're on it's summit the temptation to wander further is almost overwhelming, good paths follow the ridge north, for the fit walker it's possible to wander all the way to High Raise before following one of two ridges back, or one of three valleys depending which you prefer. My walk would be considerably shorter just three and a half miles, but it's miles with outstanding views.

I left Grasmere following Red Bank Road, after around 500 yards a narrow walled lane on my right climbed the fell (signed public foot-path). Ascending between dry stone walls I soon passed through a gate allowing access to the open fell, in the company of a dry stone wall with larch and oak woods to my left and the steep scree and gorse slopes of Silver How my right I continued climbing. When the wall swung left at a small cairn I turned north, straight up the hill. On a good path I ascended into a cleft cutting the summit in two, half way up a faint path lead onto a grassy knoll, I followed this before making the final push to the summit.

I spent several minutes drinking in the views, classic views over the Vale of Grasmere, Langdale and south over Windermere, fighting temptation to wander further I started my descent north skirting Brigstone Moss before plunging into the deep ravine of Wray Gill, I emerged into an area of juniper bushes. The descent now became steep before reaching a walled lane, at the end of the lane I stepped onto tarmac near Allan Bank, a short walk through park land saw me back in the streets of Grasmere.

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Casting it's commanding presence over this little community, Seat Sandal seen from Red Bank Road.

The wall builders art.

Seen from above the intake wall Great Rigg above Stone Arthur.

The rocky summit of Helm Crag seen from the lower slopes of Silver How.

Looking down on Grasmere with the Wansfell ridge reaching across the skyline.

Rising from the Vale of Grasmere, Seat Sandal, Great Rigg and Stone Arthur with Fairfield behind.

Looking up my ascent route, it doesn't look that steep believe me it is, the wide angle lens tends to flatten the landscape some what.

Gain a little height and the land to the south tilts into view, my first view of Windermere Lake through the gap between Loughrigg Fell and Huntingstile.

Seen over Huntingstile, Black Fell, on the far horizon Gummer's How.

Seen from the grassy knoll to the east of the summit Grasmere and Rydal Water.

The dramatic rock scenery of the Langdale Pikes.

Wonderful views from the summit of Silver How, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell with a crown of friendly cloud, and not forgetting the unmistakable Langdale Pikes.

To the west seen over Lingmoor Fell the Coniston massif.

Another mouth-watering view over the Vale of Grasmere.

The endless view over Loughrigg Fell taking in Wansfell Pike (to the left), Windermere Lake with Claife Heights far right.

Fairfield under a light dusting of snow, seen over Helm Crag.

Still on the summit of Silver How looking to Grisedale Hause between the steep slopes of Seat Sandal and Fairfield.

Spectacular views to the Langdale Pikes with the cliffs of Pavey Ark to the right, further right the rocky mound of Sergeant Man.

Standing on an unnamed summit to the north of Silver How, looking to the broken cliff face of Great Castle How.

Wray Gill looking to Heron Pike.

I've just scrambled out of Wray Gill to be greeted with this wonderful view, to the left Nab Scar, across the skyline Wansfell Pike, to the right above Grasmere the shadowed face of Loughrigg Fell.

Seen from the small juniper copse mentioned earlier superb views over the Vale of Grasmere.

Near Allan Bank once home to Wordsworth, with views to Seat Sandal.

Seen over the green fields of Grasmere high ground walked earlier, Silver How give it a try.

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