Silver How: From Grasmere to Chapel Stile

Name of walk Silver How: From Grasmere to Chapel Stile
Date of walk 2015-04-09
Distance walked (miles) 9
Duration of walk 6 hours 0 minutes
Weather Sunshine, but very hazy
Peaks on walk Silver How
Walked with Ged.
Parking Lay-by outside Grasmere on the main road.

On Thursday Ged and I drove to Grasmere to climb Silver How. Usually we go up via Allan Bank but today we would ascend via Kelbarrow and descend down to Chapel Stile via Meg’s Gill into Thrang Quarry. Returning to Grasmere via Elterwater and a route through the Hammerscar Plantation. A walk of 8.8 miles. We parked in the roadside lay-by outside of Grasmere and took the footpath that leads around to the back of the church. The weather was warm and sunny, but very hazy.

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Looking up to Stone Arthur as we walk in to Grasmere.

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We go over the bridge.

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Lambs!

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We head through the church grounds via the graves of William Wordsworth and his family,

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St Oswald's Church is Grade 1 listed. The first church in Grasmere was founded by Oswald of Northumbria, King of Northumbria, in 642. The present church stands on or near the same site, and is dedicated to him. It dates from the 14th century, and was doubled in size by the addition of a parallel nave to the north of the original nave between 1490 and 1500. The roof was rebuilt in about 1562, which involved adding a second tier of arches to the arcade. The windows and doors were restored in 1840.

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View down the left aisle to the organ.

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St. Oswald's has only three bells.

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The main aisle.

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We head off on the road up to Red Bank, more lambs in the fields.

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We turn off right up this footpath.

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Silver How ahead.

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Very poor distance views today, but we can make out Helm Crag.

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We turn off and go up the gully. Fleeces off time, as it is very warm.

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View to Grasmere and Rydal Water from the route up to Silver How.

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There is a pitched path in the gully.

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View back down and towards Loughrigg.

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Silver How summit. No views, it is far too hazy.

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We head for the cairned point in the distance and from there make our way towards the top of Meg's Gill. View towards the Langdales.

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Megs's Gill. Elterwater in the distance, the enormous quarry below Lingmoor, on the right.

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Looking back up to our descent route.

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View into the gill.

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Looking down on Wainwright's Inn. Later, after visiting it, I took the reverse photo looking back up.

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Thrang Quarry, which we head towards.

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Looking down on Chapel Stile and Holy Trinity Church.

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A mine level in the section of the quarry just behind where I took the previous photo from.

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Looking back up. The mine level is inside the opening ahead over to the right, hidden by bramble.

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One of the old quarry buildings.

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Heading down.

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View back.

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Thrang Quarry.

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Heading into Chapel Stile.

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This route takes you straight down the road to the church.

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Holy Trinity Church. I will be ringing here on Saturday afternoon for the Furness Bell Ringers' Branch Meeting and half-year AGM. Andy, St James' Ringers Tower Captain, has organised a walk from Brathay Church, where we will be ringing from 9am until 10am, to Chapel Stile where we will ring from 2.30pm. It is only 5 miles and we pass three watering holes on the way! Should be an excellent day!

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The church is Victorian and dates from 1857 and is built from the local distinctive green slate.

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Ho! I didn't apply, but headed for the pub instead.

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After we quenched our thirst I took this photo looking back up to Meg's Gill on the right.

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We headed to Elterwater via the Cumbria Way Path beside the river.

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We had lunch on bench, a memorial to Martin Breckwoldt, who, apparently, could never resist a bench. Nor could we!

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Good reflections.

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The weir with Meg's Gill in the distance.

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We had an ice cream at Elterwater then headed up via Walthwaite Bottom for the signposted footpath back to Grasmere that takes you over via Hammerscar Plantation. A farmer gathering up his sheep.

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The view back down to Grasmere. It is still very hazy.

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A close up view with Helm Crag and Dunmail Raise in the distance.

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Looking across Grasmere. This route takes us back on to the Red Bank Road.

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We stop for a coffee in the Garden Centre before heading back through Grasmere. More lambs!

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So cute!

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Helm Crag, looking a bit clearer than it did this morning.

The walk took six hours, but that includes stops at the pub and for coffee. An interesting walk, that I will repeat when the visibility is better.

It is now spring and once more our thoughts turn to the Annual Keswick to Barrow Walk; where masochists from all over the country come together before 6am, in a muddy Keswick field, to walk the 40 miles from Keswick to Barrow, over hill and dale, in usually the most appalling weather!  This year it is on Saturday May 9th, and I am walking, for the third year running, in aid of The Hospital Equipment Fund for Furness. (HEFF). I am longing for a nice sunny day, as the last two years have been in persistent rain, but I am probably being far too optimistic!

If any nice, kind, generous people want to sponsor me for this worthy cause, and at the same time appeal to your inner sadist by helping to inflict pain and torture on to these old, arthritic bones, my sponsorship page is: https://www.keswick2barrow.co.uk/sponsor/welcome.asp?ID=10204

Be the first to sponsor me!

Thanks! 😉

Jo.

 

 

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