Silver How from Grasmere.
Route. Grasmere - Red Bank Road - Fairyland Cafe - Kelbarrow - Silver How - Brigstone Moss - Wray Gill - Allan Bank - Grasmere.
Notes. How many times recently have I crossed the foot of Rydal Water and stopped to photograph the rough slopes of Silver How. Welcome to a delicious mix of landscape confectionery, apart from delightful views from it's grassy top, the Grasmere face is a magical mix of rough slopes that draw the eye, a marvelous mixture of crag and conifer, juniper and bracken, all kissed by the dark waters of Grasmere.
I left the car in a large lay-by just north of the mini roundabout, directly across the road a foot-path leads into Grasmere. Once in the village I made for Red Bank Road, over tarmac between dry stone walls I strolled. On reaching Fairyland Cafe a finger-post on the opposite side of the road announced this was the path to Chapel Stile, my route into the promised land.
Between dry stone walls I climbed, through rough sheep pastures then under the cliff, scree and juniper of Silver How, on cresting the hill a small cairn marked a path junction. There's loads of paths up there but this one was obvious, it marked the start of a steep ascent up a deep cleft carving the hill in two, this was the route to the summit. The climb was steep, the snow got deeper and the views bigger with height gained, I stepped onto the summit to be welcomed by a stormy day. Views to the south (and they were soon to vanish) and over the Vale of Grasmere were superb but to the north, blanketing the head of Langdale a massive snow storm and it was heading my way.
Never the less I hung around on the summit, I'd put the effort in to get there so might as well enjoy it. When it started snowing I left descending to the north across the edge of Brigstone Moss, the path plunged into Wray Gill, I plunged with it, clambering out of the water filled ravine to continue my descent through a Juniper plantation. I was soon descending between moss covered dry stone walls and large boulders, this ancient trod deposited me next to a farm on a tarmac track. It was a short walk from there, passed Allen Bank into Grasmere.
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Rising above the Vale of Grasmere, dressed in it's winters best Stone Arthur.
An icing sugar day on Heron Pike, seen from near the Fairyland Cafe.
Under the cliff, scree and juniper of Silver How looking to the tiny community of Grasmere nestled in the shelter of the vale, guarded by the giants of Stone Arthur and Heron Pike.
Height gained and a distant Wansfell Pike tilts into view.
Who needs the sunshine and the greens of summer when winter brings scenes like this, Seat Sandal with Helm Crag to the left.
A polished gem in a mountain setting, Grasmere.
The spectacle of Helm Crag and Seat Sandal, seen from near the cairn marking the start of the steep ascent of Silver How.
Viewing Dow Bank and Huntingstile with racing moody cloud bubbling up from Langdale.
Unfolding panorama, Grasmere, lake and village dwarfed by the snow dressed giants of Great Rigg and Heron Pike, with Stone Arthur not so visible in front of Great Rigg.
The stunning view across the Vale of Grasmere from the ascent of Silver How.
Dow Bank and Huntingstile with Loughrigg Fell far left and Windermere Lake beyond.
A wonderful play of light on Helm Crag.
A winter wonderland, seen from the summit of Silver How, far left Dollywaggon Pike, right the deep cleft of Grisedale Hause, right a bit more capturing the morning sun Fairfield, in shade Great Rigg and the long ridge leading to Heron Pike.
Gracing the western skies the Langdale Pikes.
Winter conditions across southern Lakeland, Loughrigg Fell and Windermere Lake.
The stunning view from the summit of Silver How.
Helm Crag and the slightly higher Gibson Knott seen over the edge of Brigstone Moss.
Head down picking my way through a heavy snow shower, looking to Helm Crag and an unfriendly looking Seat Sandal.
Moody skies and a brooding Heron Pike and Nab Scar seen from the edge of Wray Gill.
Angry weather washes the Vale of Grasmere.
Heron Pike and Nab Scar through the murk of a winters day.
Ahead Helm Crag, it may be snowing like hell but the view is still spectacular.
Sylvan Butharlyp How capturing the sunlight after the storm, still under cloud Heron Pike.
Helm Crag seen from the lane above Allan Bank.
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