Silver How from Loughrigg Terrace

Silver How from Loughrigg Terrace

Height: 1292 feet above sea level

Volume: Book 3 (The Central Fells)

Morning mist and Silver How

Morning mist and Silver How: picture taken from the bus, on the way to walk 68 in November 2012

Date climbed: First visit: 5th November 2009 (walk 8). Second visit: 17th August 2015 (walk 104A).

Bagged as number: First round: 28 out of 330. [ << Loughrigg Fell (27)  (29) Dodd >> ].

Second round: 18 out of 330. [ << Walna Scar (17)  (19) Loughrigg Fell >> ]

Route of ascent and descent: First visit: Although technically a ridge walk from Loughrigg Fell, I basically did a full ascent from the High Close Youth Hostel. Descent was to Grasmere, via the well-used path that crosses Wray Gill.

Second visit: Came up this path from Grasmere (only an hour from town, even with Joe in tow). Descended to the Red Bank road then, via Loughrigg Terrace, to Rydal.

Silver How summit

Silver How summit, the Langdale Pikes behind. Joe takes a rest.

What Mr. Wainwright says: (from page 2 of his chapter) “A lovely name for a lovely fell: Silver How is delightful. Not because the summit is remarkable, except for the view; the grassy top is, indeed, the least of its attractions. It is the rough slopes that delight the eye, especially on the Grasmere side, for the intermingling of crag and conifer, juniper and bracken, is landscape artistry at its best.”

What I say: On my first visit I definitely didn’t see this fell at its best, trudging round and up and down it in fairly constant drizzle and light mist, and felt rather underwhelmed by it, at least when judged against AW’s fulsome praise (‘lovely’, ‘delightful’). In the summer sun of my second visit its appeal became more apparent: there certainly are some superb views, although the quarry at Elterwater is an all-too-visible blot on the landscape. Note also that the walk to or from Loughrigg Fell is a longer and more awkward proposition than you might imagine.

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One Response to “Silver How”

  1. […] as part of walks which also bagged new ones). Three weeks ago on Aug 17th I took Joe on a walk up Silver How, near Grasmere, which I have now numbered as walk 1A. On that walk we did intend to do its […]

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