Silver How

Silver How

Central Lake District

Route: Silver How

Area: Central Lake District

Date of walk: 5th October 2016

Walkers: Andrew

Distance: 6.7 miles

Weather: Mixed cloud and sun

Silver How is the first 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

I 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’. There was no time to visit the house today so I followed the lane around the house, eventually emerging onto open fellside. After crossing Wray Gill I was soon at the top admiring the views of Grasmere, Rydal Water and Windermere

I descended to Dow Bank and followed one of several paths which run along the undulating ridge, then descended further via Hammerscar Plantation before crossing the Red Bank road to join up with Loughrigg Terrace. This must be one of the most beautiful paths in the district – and one of the most popular. At the end of the terrace I walked down to the lakeshore and followed the path along Grasmere, which emerges onto Red Bank. From here it was a stroll along the road back to the start

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