Silver How and Grasmere.

Start. Grasmere.

Route. Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Silver How - Spedding Crag - Dow Bank - Huntingstile Crag - High Close - Red Bank - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere - Red Bank Road - Grasmere.

Notes. Silver How and Grasmere a perfect blend of hill and lake, one dips it's toes in the other, an ideal mix of landscape confectionery. This turned out to be a real gem of a walk, a stroll over some of Lakeland's lesser heights, starting with a family favourite Silver How, with it's stunning views over Grasmere and Rydal and Langdale. The rest of this not so high traverse linked a number of craggy tops, each one christened with it's very own name, adorned with a cairn, not a modern one but old and lichen covered, makes me wonder how important this tract of land, criss crossed with rights of way was in years gone by. The further south I wandered the better the views, I only descended because I ran out of hill.

I parked in the lay-by to the north of the mini roundabout on the main road at Grasmere, a gate opposite allowed access to a narrow trod that lead into the village, once in the village I made my way to the large village green, here I joined the narrow tarmac lane leading to Allan Bank, a fine National Trust property able to boast William Wordsworth as one of it's occupants. The lane guided me passed the Georgian building to access a stoney track next to a couple of white washed farmsteads. I climbed the hill, between dry stone walls at first before escaping onto the steep fell side. I was soon ascending through a large juniper thicket, on escaping the tree cover I left the path, forded deep cut Wray Gill to access a path cutting across the edge of Brigstone Moss, this wide green trod guided me into staggering views from the cairned summit of Silver How.

I wandered around soaking them up before following the ridge line south, a steep rocky descent deposited on Spedding Crag where I had a quick brew. From Spedding Crag I wandered on to Dow Bank then Huntingstile Crag before descending to High Close. A narrow tarmac lane passes the Youth Hostel, I followed this to Loughrigg Terrace where I sat drinking in classic views over the Vale of Grasmere and surrounding hills. From the heights of the terrace I descended to the lake shore, found an unoccupied seat and had lunch. Lunch over flask empty I wandered into Deer Bolts Wood, a well trod lake shore path under foot gifting me with wonderful views over a partial frozen lake. The path eventually deposited me on Red Bank Road, I ended the day wandering over tarmac back to the delights of Grasmere.

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Seen from near the parked car, under the golden glow of the morning sun, Helm Crag (the Lion and the Lamb).

Looking to Loughrig Fell just catching the rich golden glow of the morning sun..

The lit summit of Stone Arthur, to the left Seat Sandal.

A stunning view across the Vale of Grasmere, taking in Seat Sandal, snow capped Fairfield and far right above Stone Arthur Great Rigg.

On a cold golden morning views to Nab Scar over the frost veneered fields of the Vale of Grasmere.

Helm Crag backed by Seat Sandal.

Rising from Brigstone Moss, Lang How.

The mountains of Langdale, Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the unmistakable Langdale Pikes.

Classic view from the summit of Silver How, Grasmere and Rydal Water.

Under snow the great monsters of the Helvellyn massif, Seat Sandal. Dollywaggon Pike, Nethermost Pike and Helvellyn itself.

Still on the summit of Silver How drinking in views to Crinkle Crags, The Band leading to Bow Fell and the Langdale Pikes.

Wetherlam viewed over Lingmoor Fell.

The scene over the Vale of Grasmere.

Spedding Crag looking across the slopes of Silver How to Great Rigg and Fairfield.

A wonderful view from Dow Bank, Hause Gap between the slopes of Seat Sandal and Fairfield.

Across the devide of Great Langdale, Lingmoor Fell backed by Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell.

Seen over Chapel Stile, Lingmoor Fell.

Elter Water with Black Crag rising behind.

On Huntingstile soaking up wonderful views to Windermere Lake.

Huntingstile Crag Tarn with views to Loughrigg Fell.

Views over Grasmere from Loughrigg Terrace.

From a shadowed corner of Penny Rock Wood views to a sun kissed Silver How.

Helm Crag over Grasmere.

Drenched in sunlight, a distant Seat Sandal, Great Rigg and rising above Grasmere Island, Herron Pike.

Looking towards White Moss Common from the west shore of Grasmere near the landing stages.

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