Silver How

Silver How
1292 feet

Date                    15/3/2010

Walk done by:  Jed & Barb

Weather:            Very dull overcast day, windy on the tops with reasonable visibility

Distance             5 miles

Started at:          White Lion at Ambleside

After having our breakfast in the White Lion we made our way to the bus stop to catch the bus to Grasmere. The driver was one of the "Beer by Bus" drivers we had in January. After paying our overpriced fare of over 3 each for the 3 mile trip to Grasmere we got the upstairs front seats and had good views of Rydal Water and the surrounding fells.

Getting off at the first stop in Grasmere village, we made our way to the famous gingerbread shop (whose name escapes me, famous eh!). After having a wonder around the village and visiting the art shop, we started the walk to Silver How. Taking it easy we made the summit in a couple of hours and then began the long and sometimes steep descent to Chapel Stile in Langdale.

After three pints (one of them free) in Wainwrights Inn, there was still plenty of time before the bus was due, so we took a leisurely stroll along the river to Elterwater. The Britannia Inn looked welcoming so we had a quick drink in there before making our way to the bus stop outside the pub.

Returning to Ambleside, we made our way back to the White Lion and enjoyed a very nice evening meal.

A very enjoyable day.


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Grasmere village


Stone Arthur towers above the Keswick road out of Grasmere


This very odd shaped house is on the lane at the beginning of the walk



...and from the same spot, Silver How.


This is the lane that leads to Allan Bank, the home of Wordsworth from 1808 - 1811. Our route passes the house.


Helm Crag from the lane


After passing Allan Bank we pass this lovely farm by the name of Score Crag farm


Then the serious work begins, this is steeper than it looks....


...but worth it for the views that open up. Grasmere Lake lies at the foot of Loughrigg


Enjoying the mountains. Barb with Gibson Knott and Helm Crag supplying a magnificent background


Me, above Grasmere


Brigstone Moss in light sunshine.


A small tarn above Brigstone Moss


Bow Fell and the Langdale Pikes


Grasmere from Silver How


Silver How summit, and sign regarding footpath changes.


Barb on the summit


...and me on it. (rare for me to be in two photo's in one report!!, and you can see why - spoiling a view like this!!


Looking south from Silver How to Dow Bank. Our route down.


Grasmere and Rydal Water from near the summit


And as we began the decent this RAF Hercules flew below us


Over to the SW, Lingmoor Fell with the Coniston fells behind it shrouded in cloud.


A flock of sheep on the long climb to Swirl How


Rydal Water


At last, the sun comes out, but not for long.


Waiting for his pals to come up from below


Looking back to Silver How


Silver How in shade.




Looking up the very steep path to Huntingstile Crag, this was our descent path


After the steep descent it was a short walk to Walthwaite (above)


..where we saw this very old barn


and very old sheds. Just out of sight to the left of the shed is a gate which .....


gives you a glimpse of thousands of purple and white crocuses in front of the old barn.


After leaving the delights of Walthwaite, we soon arrived at Wainwrights Inn


Next was a short walk along the river to the Britannia Inn at Elterwater. The water was very clear.


The river level was not high.


but there was still plenty of white water at the waterfalls


As you near Elterwater this old mine is visible from the quarry road


...It's not every day you see llama from the bus, but you can on the Langdale route


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