Our “top of the world” ramblings have so far taken us to the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, and Hungary. Now it’s time to return to the UK and spend a few days in England’s Lake District. We are regular visitors, and should have been there a few weekends ago had circumstances been normal.
Silver How is a walk we have done often – it can be tackled straight from the front door of our favoured hotel in Grasmere. In fact, the hotel is just visible above as a yellowish building to the left of my right elbow. Here’s John at the summit cairn, and here’s a little more information about the walk: Lake District walks: Silver How.
Silver How (325m) is another walk we can do straight from our Grasmere hotel, and have done several times. It’s a steep, grassy climb but looking back at the views over Easdale (above) is a good excuse to stop for a rest. Then it’s on with the slog to the top –
– where your heroes were rewarded with magnificent views. In the panorama, there are four lakes – Grasmere is on the left with Rydal Water behind it. In the distance you can just see Windermere, and Elterwater is on the right.
Silver How summit
Silver How summit
View from Silver How summit
We continued along the ridge from the summit, descending to Loughrigg Terrace at the opposite end of Grasmere from where we started.
Descending Silver How
Descending to Grasmere
Grasmere from Loughrigg Terrace
From there, we walked on to Rydal where we knew the Badger Bar would provide a warming lunch and a good beer. It didn’t fail us. The bar also makes a feature of its “rockin’ loos” – go on, take a peek! You know you want to….
What did fail us was the weather. Our walk back to Grasmere took us via the old Coffin Road (so called as it was the route used to take the dead of Rydal to the church in Grasmere for burial), but we got so drenched that we didn’t stop to take any pictures. Another time.