Silver How over Grasmere

  • Silver How summit is on a perfect rocky knoll
  • Good views over Windermere on the climb
  • Explore off path the area

The upland area to the west of Grasmere is full of rocky knolls, lumps and hollows. Hidden tarns pepper the area and there is always a surprise around the corner. It is an excellent area to learn navigation techniques and it was with the other National Park instructors that I explored the fell.

The route to the summit is interesting, in particular the Target practice metal sheet/shelter used in the late 19th century, with the views south over Windermere tending to draw the eye. However we wandered off towards Lang Haw and the 2 picturesque tarns. Get there quickly as these tarns are silting up and will be gone in another 50 years. The descent passes the National Trust Grade 2 building at Allan Banks. Allan Banks is very informal and much the better for it; bring your own picnic and enjoy the fascinating old house, once the home of Canon Rawnsley, the founder of the National Trust.


For someone wanting to experience the true joys of fell walking in the Lake District for the first time Silver How is perfect.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL7 Lake District South East Buy Map
Start Point: NY 339072. From the large National Park car park turn right in to town and then left just past the church.
Height to Climb: 390 m (1,300 feet)
Terrain: Typical Lakeland walking, good paths mixed with rougher land off the paths but all in undulating terrain. Few flat sections.
Eating & Drinking: Grasmere has a large choice of pubs and cafes.
Similar Walks Nearby: Ridges over Grasmere
The Lion and the Lamb
A walk around Grasmere
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