With Christmas day being a Sunday, Tuesday was a Bank Holiday. The weather forecast sounded reasonably promising so we decided to get out for a walk up in the Lakes. We drove over to Grasmere and parked up. It was a fine sunny morning, although it was expected to turn cloudy during the afternoon, but it was still good to get out on the fells.
With the hours of daylight short at the end of December we weren’t going to attempt anything too ambitious so decided we’d climb Silver How and then head over to Loughrigg fell at the south end of Grasmere.
Setting out from the village we could see our first objective – Silver How.
It’s a relatively easy, gradual climb with a few short steeper sections. Generally easy going.
We passed Allan Bank, a former home of Wordsworth.
Looking back to the Fairfield horseshow with Helm Crag on the left
Looking over to Easedale
The light wasn’t as good when we reached the summit of Silver How but there were still good 360 degree views
Looking down to Grasmere and Rydal Water
Looking over to Loughrigg (our next objective) with Windermere in the distance
The Coniston Fells
Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes
Over to Fairfield and adjacent fells
After taking in the views and having a bite to eat we set out towards Loughrigg. There were clear paths over the undulating moorland, many of them not marked on the OS map.
Looking back to Silver How
Looking down Great Langdale
We eventually reached Loughrigg Terrace, a well used path overlooking the south shore of Grasmere and at the foot of the fell. It was then a short steep ascent up to the summit.
The view from the summit over towards Windermere
Looking over Great Langdale and Elter Water towards the Coniston Fells
Over to Lingmoor Fell and the Langdale Pikes. Cloud covering the tops of Crinkle Crags and Bowfell
Starting to descend and looking over Grasmere
with Silver How and the Langdale Pikes visible tot he left
We took the path through the woods
and then followed the road back to Grasmere village, arriving with about an hour of daylight left.
Time for a well earned brew before setting off for home.