Silver How above Grasmere.

Start. Grasmere (Lay-by A591).

Route. Grasmere - Allan Bank - Wray Gill - Brigstone Moss- Silver How - Raven Crag - Red Bank Road - Grasmere.

Notes. Silver How an alluring name for a delightful fell, not because the summit is impressive adorned with a small cairn, close cropped grass and a few outcrops of Lakeland slate. No the views are amazing, a thrilling panorama to much bigger hills than it’s self, sparkling lakes, meres, waters and small mountain tarns, it’s a difficult top to drag yourself away from, be warned.

We parked in a lay-by on the edge of the busy A591 just north of the mini roundabout at Grasmere, directly across the road a path leads into the village, this we followed to access the narrow lane leading to Allan Bank. With tarmac under foot we ascended, plenty of discrete signs were just enough to keep us on track, on reaching a couple of white washed farm cottages we stepped into a stoney lane, this guided us above the intake wall out onto the fell side.

The path was steep, we gained height quickly, after passing through a Juniper thicket we descended into the deep cut Wray Gill, the gill marks the lower slopes of Silver How, the green trod to the summit starts there. Over the edge of Brigstone Moss we walked followed by a stoney pull onto the summit of the hill itself. The views that greeted us were mind-blowing, we sat ages drinking coffee and soaking them in, it was hard to leave but leave we must.

There’s a plethora of green paths on the ridge, we elected to follow one heading west before swinging south above Megs Gill, the path cut round the edge of a row of crags before heading north, an easy descent followed to reach a dry stone wall. With the wall to our right, the cliffs and scree of Silver How our left we continued descending, after passing through a gate into a tree lined lane we emerged into sunshine onto Red Bank Road, all that remained a short walk over tarmac back to Grasmere.

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The walk in gifts the lucky walker with some stunning low lever views, here we have Helm Crag and Steel Fell.

Over Grasmere the rocky aerie of Stone Arthur.

Seen from near Allan Bank Helm Crag.

Across the Vale of Grasmere Seat Sandal and the Grisedale Hause coll, to the right the shadowed slopes of Fairfield.

Rising from the valley bottom, Helm Crag, Seat Sandal and mighty Fairfield.

Again Helm Crag this time over the mouth of the Easedale valley.

Sunlight paints the landscape with dappled light, across the valley Stone Arthur and the shadowed summit of Heron Pike.

On view over Easedale, in shadow the ragged ridge linking Gibson Knott to Calf Crag.

Sue soaks up one of many stunning views today.

A friendly cairn marks the path to Silver How.

Over Brigstone Moss the cliff and scree of Lang How.

Ascending Silver How enjoying spectacular views to Bow Fell and the Langdale Pikes.

From the summit of Silver How alluring views over Grasmere to Rydal Water.

The summit cairn Silver How.

Sue gracefully bags the summit.

Silver How summit provides a mighty fine viewpoint, over Lingmoor Fell the Coniston massif.

Drawing the eye to the northwest the long shadowed ridge of Crinkle Crags, Bow Fell and the unmistakable Langdale Pikes.

Grasmere captures the spirit of the sky.

Sue soaks up the views over Grasmere.

Loughrigg Fell and Windermere with South Lakeland melting into the morning haze.

Stuck for words, does anybody know what this once was, my guess is some kind of mine or kiln.

Descending towards Red Bank Road with this view for company.

A final view before entering a tree lined lane, Seat Sandal, Fairfield and Stone Arthur, adventures for another day.

Wandering in the cool of the tree cover, almost back on the valley floor. a perfect end to a day of mountain scenery, grand vistas and classic walking for little effort.

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