Silver How

Silver How

Route: Silver How

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 8th January 2020

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.1 miles

Ascent: 900 feet

Weather: Cloudy with sunny patches, windy 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 valleys and their surrounding fells

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. There were wonderful views of the Langdale Pikes, Grasmere, Rydal Water, Windermere and much else besides, and these were enhanced by some good light at times

We carried on down the undulating ridge for a short distance and at the foot of a rocky section we headed back north and followed a delightful path beside a dry stone wall. There were more good views over Grasmere and Rydal Water for much of the way down. We eventually arrived at Red Bank by the shore of Grasmere, and we followed this back into the village

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