Silver How and Lang How.

Start. Grasmere.

Route. Grasmere - Red Bank Road - Silver How - Brigstone Moss - Lang How - Grasmere.

Notes. An unusual early start saw me climbing a Lakeland gem, and what a gem of a morning I'd picked to do it. The short drive from Kendal held all the promise of a spectacular morning, mist hung in the valleys, frost glistened in the fields, the air was clear and crisp, the icing on the cake, a blanket of the white stuff across the high fells, unfortunately I've got a persistant dry cough, runny nose and high temperature, but I'm going to get above the cloud base even if it kills me. Silver How above Grasmere gifts the walker with stunning views over South Lakeland, part of a long ridge running from High Raise in the north to Todd Crag overlooking the head of Windermere Lake, just one rocky top on a ridge with many such tops, most ignored by walkers in a never ending hurry to reach the really big hills, if it wasn't for old Wainwright including it in his little guide books it would probably get overlooked.

After parking in Grasmere I made my way over the tarmac surface of Red Bank Road, a couple of hundred yards after leaving the village a finger-post on the right invited me onto the fell, between dry stone walls I climbed, the mist of early morning gave way to clear air and stunning blue sky’s. In the company of a dry stone wall I climbed, the wall soon swung left, here a small cairn marked a change in direction, right (north) up the steep southern slopes of Silver How. Once on the summit I sat a while, had a brew and drank in the views.

I left the summit heading in a south-westerly direction, a faint path guided me to a large cairn overlooking Langdale, from this vantage point I turned north, destination Lang How the next obvious summit on this ridge of many summits. I wound my way north through a landscape of grassy knolls, stone crowned summits, tiny streams feeding lots of small tarns, paths came and went, bogs were easily crossed, Lang How growing larger with every step. On reaching the said hill I joined the main path, at the top of a small rise a large cairn marked a view point and the start of a faint path ascending the hills steep slopes. The easy climb that followed gifted me with wonderful views to the head of Langdale, to the east the Vale of Grasmere and Easedale, but also it was a good place to assess the conditions on Blindtarn Moss, a tract of Lakeland bog and gorse my intended descent route. In the event I descended a faint path to the west picking up the main path traversing Brigstone Moss, I was soon descending through a small Juniper plantation, then between moss coated dry stone walls before joining a narrow tarmac lane that guided me safely back to Grasmere.

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Through the swirling mist of a Lakeland morning, Seat Sandal rises above the tree tops, to the left catching the morning sun Allan Bank, one of Wordsworth's Lakeland residences.

Grasmere seen through a shroud of early morning mist.

Mouth-watering views over valleys cloaked in the cold mist of an Autumn morning, looking to Stone Arthur with Great Rigg under cloud.

Wonderful Autumnal colours capture the morning sun.

Passing below the cliffs of Silver How's eastern facade, looking to Helm Crag and a snow capped Seat Sandal.

Heading up Silver How with views to Nab Scar.

Spectacular views across the Vale of Grasmere to Seat Sandal and Stone Arthur.

Viewing Heron Pike (right) with the spectacular long snow covered ridge leading to Great Rigg and Stone Arthur.

On the fine climb up Silver How looking to Loughrigg Fell and Nab Scar, across the skyline Wansfell Pike.

About to crest the summit, stopping to drink in the views over Grasmere and Rydal Water, take my word for it they're under there somewhere.

This is a bloody awful picture, it would never win a compatition but I love it, views over the gentler rolling landscape of South Lakeland with Windermere Lake just visible under that long finger of cloud.

Another wonderful view over Rydal Water.

From the summit of Silver How I pause to collect my thoughts, and take a long lingering look to the head of Langdale.

To the west dressed in it's winter garb, Wetherlam and Great Carrs over Lingmoor Fell.

Rising above the Grasmere valley Heron Pike.

Towards Loughrigg Fell and Wansfell Pike from the summit Silver How.

An icing sugar day on the Crinkle Crags.

Views to the south across the mouth of Langdale, the hill in the centre of the shot, Black Crag.

About to start the ascent of Lang How looking to the Crinkle Crags.

On the summit of little visited Lang How, with stunning views over Helm Crag to the Helvellyn massif.....

.....and in the other direction Great Langdale.

Views don't get much better than this, magical panarama over Brigstone Moss taking in Fairfield, Great Rigg, Heron Pike to name but a few.

Traversing Brigstone Moss looking back to Lang How.

Rearing up from the Vale of Grasmere, Heron Pike.

Helm Crag as seen from near Allan Bank.

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