Silver How

Route: Silver How

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 29th November 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 5.2 miles

Weather: Sunny, bitterly cold wind on the tops

Silver How is the first lakeland fell we climbed, more years ago than I can remember, though I do recall that it seemed like a grand adventure at the time. It’s a modest fell in height by lakeland standards, but is set in a wonderful position between Langdale and Easedale and commands lovely views over both

We parked in the Red Bank car park near St Oswald’s Church Grasmere and walked out of the village along the private road to Allan Bank, the former home of Wordsworth – ‘the loveliest spot that man hath ever found’. We followed the lane around the house, eventually emerging onto open fellside. After crossing Wray Gill we were soon at the top of Silver How admiring the wonderful views of Grasmere, Rydal Water, Windermere and much else besides

We carried on down the undulating ridge, passing over Spedding Crag and Dow Bank as we did so, and when we reached Hammerscar Plantation we descended to Red Bank, a quiet road beside the shore of Grasmere, which we followed this back into the village. For a slightly longer version of this superb walk click here

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