Silver How

Height: 394 metres / 1293 feet Grid reference: NY 32479 06641 Category: The Central Fells

Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes from the summit of Silver How

Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes from the summit of Silver How

Grasmere and Rydal Water from the summit

Grasmere and Rydal Water from the summit

Silver How

Start Point: Grasmere Church (NY 336 073)

Grasmere – Allan Bank – Silver How – Kelbarrow – Grasmere

Distance: 2.75 miles     Total Ascent: 325 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 15 minutes     Start Time: 10:00

Weather: Overcast, windy, 12°C

Time for another short walk with Fletcher in tow today, he seems to enjoy the outdoor life and it is interesting to watch him grow when everything is new – crossing a stream, climbing a stile etc are all part of the fell walking experience and something you take for granted but having a new new boy along for the walk reminds you that there are always new hurdle to overcome. It was pretty windy up on the top today too, Fletcher overcame that new experience by barking at it!

Silver How

Silver How, Grasmere

Start point: Grasmere Church (NY 336 073)

Grasmere – Allan Bank – Silver How – Kelbarrow – Grasmere

Distance: 2.75 miles     Total Ascent: 325 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 15 minutes     Start Time: 10:50

Weather: Murky and misty. 4oC

It was a murky morning, the sun was ever threatening and did indeed come out much later (i.e. when I went home!). This is a nice enough walk though and there seemed to be one or two out and about enjoying the fresh air.

Silver How

Start point: Grasmere Church (NY 336 073)

Grasmere – Allan Bank – Silver How – Spedding Crag – Dow Bank – Grasmere

Distance: 3.7 miles     Total Ascent: 363 metres     Time Taken: 2 hours     Start Time: 09:40

Weather: Changeable. 8C

It was a strange morning that didn’t look as though it would ever dry up with heavy rain early on. Up on high, things did change for the better though, much better.

Silver How

Start point: Grasmere Church (NY 336 073)

Grasmere – Allan Bank – Silver How Lang HowBrigstone Moss – Allan Bank – Grasmere

Distance: 3.8 miles     Total Ascent: 377 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes     Start Time: 09:30

Weather: Sunny, cold wind. 12ºC

The day certainly didn’t promise much as I set off this morning when everything was flat and dull. As I climbed towards Silver How, the skies began parting and the sun came out to light up the fells in autumnal glory. A great little walk this turned out to be and I wished I had more time to let me walk a while longer. The wind that accompanied the sunshine and blew away all the clouds was a cold one though, bringing a little touch of winter to the proceedings. Today I had some new Scarpa Trek GTX to try out too so we’ll see how they fare over the next couple of months.

Blea Rigg

Start point: Grasmere (NY 336 073)

Grasmere – Silver HowBlea Rigg – Easedale Tarn – Easedale – Grasmere

Distance: 6.3 miles     Total Ascent: 562 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 15 minutes     Start Time: 08:30

Weather: Rain at first then clearing. 3°C

This wasn’t where I intended to go today but in the northern half of the Lakes, over Dunmail Raise it was raining heavily and continued to do so all morning. Back at Grasmere it was also raining when I set off but it soon cleared with the clouds swirling on and off the high fells leaving behind a fresh carpet of snow on them. The backdrop to today’s walk was the sound of the hunt – the horn, the shouts and the dogs. I think Dougal and Casper quite fancied joining in!

Silver How

Start point: Grasmere Church (NY 336 073)

Grasmere – Allan Bank – Silver How – Kelbarrow – Grasmere

Distance: 2.75 miles     Total Ascent: 325 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 15 minutes

Weather: Overcast. 3°C

It was another grey day today though not nearly so cold as there was little wind. We had a quick jaunt up to Silver How from Grasmere and even this normally popular fell was quiet today – there was no one around up there.

Silver How

Start point: Grasmere Church (NY 336 073)

Grasmere – Allan Bank – Silver How – Kelbarrow – Grasmere

Distance: 2.75 miles     Total Ascent: 325 metres     Time Taken: 1 hour 15 minutes

Weather: Warm but overcast. 11°C.

Everywhere was overcast and gray this morning but I felt sure the sun would burn through eventually, though not during my walk unfortunately. Despite the lack of views and apparent gloominess it was a lovely day – very still and peaceful – and this turned out to be a really easy walk and a good circular route.

Easedale Circuit

Start point: Grasmere (NY 337 074)

Grasmere – Easedale – Tarn CragCodale Head High Raise Sergeant ManBlea RiggSilver How – Grasmere

Distance: 9.7 miles     Total Ascent: 850 metres     Time Taken: 5 hours

Weather: Generally bright. 13oC.

Today I met up with Andy Lang nice and early for a walk around Easedale and up onto High Raise, the centre of the Lake District. It was very clear this morning but the best of the sunshine was early on and once up onto High Raise the wind was icy. On the way up to Grasmere, all the  stretches of water I passed were covered in a thick blanket of mist – here comes winter.

Blea Rigg

Start point: Grasmere (NY 337 074)

Grasmere – Easedale – Easedale Tarn – Blea Rigg Silver How – Grasmere

Distance: 9 miles    Total Ascent: 650 metres     Time Taken: 3 hours 40 minutes.

Weather: Windy and surprisingly warm. 11°C

The cobwebs were well and truly blown off today for my first long walk of the year. It was good to get out again, even though I knew the weather was not going to be the best. It was more than a bit blustery at times, but at least I never got wet on the deserted central fells today!

Silver How

Start point: Grasmere (NY 338 078)

Grasmere – Easedale Tarn – Blea Rigg (174) – Castle How (175) – Swinescar Pike (176) – Lang How (177) – Silver How (178) – Grasmere

Weather: Rain with low lying cloud.

Today’s walk was a damp traverse of the Langdale Edge and Silver How; the cloud was so low that there was no chance of a decent view today from the tops except for a brief clearing of the cloud towards the end of the walk.

Grasmere Epic

Grasmere – Steel Fell (186) – Calf Crag – Greenup Edge – Ullscarf (187) – Long Crag – Sergeant’s Crag (188) – Eagle Crag (189) – Sergeant’s Crag – Low White Stones – High RaiseThunacar Knott (190) – Sergeant ManBlea Rigg (191) – Silver How (192) – Grasmere

A raw and bitterly cold day, icy wind on the tops with lots of snow.