Silver How

This route is perhaps one of the toughest in our "Easy" category, but worth it for the views at the top that take in Windermere, Rydal Water, and Grasmere, and their surrounding fells.

Whilst Silver How can be approached from a number of different points, we think starting out in Grasmere offers the best views, and you can finish off your walk with a slice of Grasmere Gingerbread at the end.

The Route

Grasmere Lake from Silver How

Grasmere Lake from Silver How

The route starts at the turning for Allan Bank, a National Trust property, in the village of Grasmere at Grid Ref NY 336 075. This track continues past Allan Bank and towards a farm, before leading you onto a path signposted for Silver How.

At Grid Ref NY 328 075 veer left onto a narrow steep path. At Grid Ref NY 324 073 veer left again, onto a path that is quite rough, with a number of cairns (piles of stones used as way-markers) showing the route. This will take you to the summit at Grid Ref NY 324 066.

Useful Information

Parking: There are a couple of pay and display car parks available in Grasmere village; Get there early in peak holiday seasons to guarantee finding a space

Start Point: Grid Ref NY 336 075; The route starts at the Miller Howe Café in Grasmere, where there is track signposted for Allan Bank (National Trust) leading alongside it

Summit: Grid Ref NY 324 066; 395 metres above sea level

Distance: Approximately 3 miles

Terrain: Narrow gravel paths that are rough in places; Stream crossings required

Total Time (Ascent & Descent): 3 - 4 hours

Suitable For: Adults with moderate fitness; Older children


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