|Name of walk||Silver How from Grasmere|
|Date of walk||2017-12-28|
|Distance walked (miles)||4|
|Duration of walk||2 hours 30 minutes|
|Weather||Blue skies and sunshine|
|Peaks on walk||Silver How|
|Walked with||Brendan and Tom|
|Parking||Lay-by outside Gramere|
Son, Tom wanted to go to Grasmere to pick up some gingerbread to take into his office, so we decided to have a walk up to Silver How . The weather was blue skies and sunshine, but it was bitterly cold in the wind. So we took the Kelbarrow route up which would give us some protection. We parked in the lay-by outside Grasmere. The route would be about four miles in total.
View to Helm Crag on the left, from the footpath into Grasmere. Snow on Steel Fell and Seat Sandal.
We take the Red Bank Road, turning off through a gate next to the boat landings, which leads out on the the fell side.
The footpath takes you through a couple of kissing gates. It is very easy navigation.
The footpaths were very icy.
View down to Grasmere.
Our route up to the summit.
Grasmere and Rydal Water, Loughrigg Fell on the right.
Now on the easy pitched path.
Brendan and Tom below. Once at the top of the pitched path, Tom takes the scramble route to the summit. Brendan and me head around and gain the summit the easy way.
Tom and four bodies of water. Grasmere and Rydal Water left and Windermere and Loughrigg Tarn on the right.
Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike and Seat Sandal on the left. The fells of the Fairfield Horseshoe on the right. Grasmere Village below.
Our route up protected us from the wind, now on the summit the wind is biting!
Zooming in on Grisedale Hause. Stone Arthur and Great Rigg leading to Fairfield. Seat Sandal left.
Looking over Heron Pike to Hart Crag and Dove Crag.
Lake Windermere and Loughrigg Tarn.
Tom on the summit cairn. On the left are Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes.
Bowfell, Loft Crag and Harrison Stickle.
Brendan and me.
A large group have been making there way up via the Allan Bank route. In total there must have been about forty of them. It is too cold to hang about, so we head back down.
One last look at the Langdale Pikes.
Crinkle Crags and Bowfell.
Right of centre is Sergeant Man and Ullscarf.
The remains of the large group are still making their way up.
We return to the dip which is out of the wind, and much warmer.
We begin the walk back down the pitched path.
Deer on the lower slopes.
They spot me and head off.
We wait for Brendan to catch us up.
Allan Bank, a former residence of William Wordsworth.
Tom buys his gingerbread and we have lunch in Grasmere. We look in a couple of galleries and then head back to the car.
Back on the footpath for the lay-by.
The walk took us about two and a half hours. Silver How is 1,300ft. A very easy route, with no difficulties.
Happy New Year!