Silver How & Loughrigg Fell - Thursday 16 May 2013
Grasmere - Allan Bank - Silver How - Dow Bank - High Close - Red Bank - Loughrigg Fell - Red Bank - Grasmere
Grasmere (Charge) - Grid Ref NY339072
Moorland and mountain paths with some steep sections. There is some road walking on the lane back to Grasmere.
Mild and overcast with some sunny spells
OL7 - The English Lakes (South Eastern Area)
The light was not particularly good for photographs today but we still ventured out anyway. The walk took in two fells we had never visited before - first we were off up Silver How and then would make our way over to the very popular Loughrigg Fell. The walk starts in Grasmere and after being fleeced royally by the Car Park Charge off we went.
We headed out to Wordsworth's former home at Allan Bank before rising gently on the open fell side to reach the summit of Silver How. The ascent is very pleasant with wide ranging views and once on the summit the fells really open out before you. Leaving Silver How on a good path we headed over undulating ground to Dow Bank before dropping steeply to the road at High Close Youth Hostel.
A short road walk and we then reached a gate which leads on to a good path which heads steeply up to the Trig Point on the summit of Loughrigg Fell. Again the views are splendid for little effort, particularly over towards Windermere. From the summit we retraced our steps back down to the gate and headed through Red Bank Wood before reaching the lane that we followed back to Grasmere.
Heading out of Grasmere towards Allan Bank
Love these old signs - not many of them left now unfortunately
L-R Helm Crag, Helvellyn, Fairfield & Great Rigg
Grasmere Water & Rydal Water from Silver How's summit
The summit cairn on Silver How. Tarn Crag is to the left with Ullscarf centre over Calf Crag
The Langdale Pikes
Zooming in on The Langdale Pikes in mono
Good views from the summit of Silver How towards Ambleside. Our next objective, Loughrigg Fell is to the right
Need a hand Fudge?
How did he get through there? The gate on to the path to Loughrigg Fell near Red Bank
On the ascent of Loughrigg Fell looking down on Grasmere Water
Looking back down the route of ascent towards Silver How
Another view over Grasmere Water towards Dunmail Raise - Silver How is to the left
The summit of Loughrigg Fell - try as we might we could not get Captain Birdseye to move out of the way
Windermere from the summit of Loughrigg Fell
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