Miles
4.5

Silver How over Grasmere

L160
  • 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.

Recommend:

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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