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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