Silver How and Loughrigg Fell

Name of walk Silver How and Loughrigg Fell
Date of walk 2011-01-02
Distance walked (miles) 7
Duration of walk 4 hours 0 minutes
Weather overcast
Peaks on walk Silver How, Loughrigg Fell
Walked with Brendan
Parking Lay-by outside Grasmere.

Yesterday Brendan and I went to Grasmere to climb Silver How (1292ft) and Loughrigg Fell (1101ft). It was supposed to be a nice day, but it was very dull but with good visibility. We parked in the lay-by outside Grasmere and took the footpath opposite that leads around the back of the church.

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We headed up toward Allan Bank, William Wordsworth's former residence, via the track on the left of the Millar Howe Cafe.

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View out to Helm Crag.

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Silver How is a grassy fell so it is gentle walking, just what is required after the excesses of the Christmas period. Helm Crag, Seat Sandal and Fairfield behind.

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Crossing Wray Gill. The track down was covered in ice so we put on the Microspikes just for this bit.

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Reaching Silver How summit is always deceptive as each bit of up then has some flat lands hidden infront before the next bit of up!

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Close up of the Langdale Pikes.....Loft Crag, Pike o'Stickle, Harrison Stickle and Pavey Ark.

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Summit view to Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes.

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Looking over Grasmere to Rydal Water.

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Quarry at Elterwater Village.

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Route across Dow Bank to Loughrigg Fell.

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Looking across to Lingmoor.

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Elterwater. Lots of cars here today! Looks ominous! So far we had seen few people, but Loughrigg Fell is always busy!

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A farmer had just released some sheep on to the fell and was now taking up some feed. Great way for the two dogs to travel! Not much view infront for the farmer!

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From Red Bank looking back at Silver How.

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Off left is Loughrigg Terrace. We head up the fell. A Rambler's group were coming down. The world and his wife had decided to walk up Loughrigg Fell today! No chance of "....wandering lonely like a cloud"!!!!

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Looking back across Grasmere to Dunmail Raise.

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Summit cairn just seconds before it was obscurred by twenty people!

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Too many people! We head down to find a quiet spot for lunch by the shores of Grasmere.

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The lake is solid ice. We sat and had a sandwich.

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Looking past the boat house back to Loughrigg Fell.

We headed back to the Millar Howe Cafe for coffee and cake……replacing all the calories we had worked off! Then I collected my new ice axe from Cotswold Outdoors, a Grivel Munroe, a belated Christmas present from Brendan……now we just need some more snow so I can try it out!
The walk was seven miles and took about four hours.
Jo.
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