Where: Silver How hike from Grasmere in
the Lake District of England
When: April 2016
The Silver How hike has some of the top
views in the Lake District of England. After
hiking to the top, you have great views down
over the extremely scenic village of Grasmere
and Grasmere Lake.
The image below is from the A591 road that
runs between Keswick and Windermere, as it
passes Grasmere village. That is the 1,293ft
Silver How sitting high above Grasmere.
The main path leaves from the west side of
Grasmere, from the top of Grasmere Lake, just
right of the centre of the mountain, and runs
up to the left, to the south side, then up
that side to the top. You can descend the
north side via a trail down into Allan Bank
House and Gardens, then into north side of
Grasmere. Keswick to
Grasmere Road Map.
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The image below is of Grasmere centre,
named Red Lion Square. This is an extremely
scenic and popular village, with 10 hotels in
the village, most with scenic beer gardens,
and 9 hotels in the countryside around the
village. The village is also popular for the
Wordsworth Museum, as well as the walking
around the lake, and hiking the hills and
mountains all around.
There are 3 large car parks, one as you
enter the village from the south for cars and
tour buses, another round closer to the lake
for cars only, and one on the north side of
the village for cars only. These are all pay
and display car parks. There is a large layby
next to the A591 road at the north entrance
to Grasmere that is free, but that is about
half of a mile from the village centre.
The image below is of the car park round
towards Grasmere Lake, just past the Garden
Centre. That is Silver How in the distance,
exit the car park on the right and walk round
towards Grasmere Lake past a hotel. Images
from here were taken early on an April
The image below is of the start of the
trail, opposite Fairyland Cafe and Boating
The image below is of the main trail
leading up to the south side. Over to the
right, there is a gate leading to the direct
route up through the rocks, real steep.
The image below is of the south side main
trial to the top. This is fairly steep with a
man made path much of the way.
The image below is of the final section to
The image below is from the top of Silver
How looking east to Grasmere. The highest
mountain across the valley is the 2,864ft
Fairfield, another popular hike from
The image below is of the route back down
the northeast side into Allan Bank House
Gardens, home of William Wordsworth. You can
also go straight over the edge there and pick
you way down through the cliffs, back to the
main path, real steep.
The image below is of the little hill to
cross to get to Allan Bank. You can cross
straight over the top, or go around it to the
The image below is from a rock section
that sticks out the little hill, looking down
into Allan Bank gardens with a path through
the woodlands. Follow the stone dyke to the
left here, up to a section of fence, from
where you can cross into Allan Bank.
Had to do a little rock climbing to get
down from here, although there is a path next
to the rocks that is less eventful.
The image below is from the Allan Bank
woodlands walk with the stone structure here
being a seating area.
The image below is from the seating area
down to some timber structures. The path down
there leads to Allan Bank House.
The image below is of a tunnel leading
into Allan Bank gardens.
The image below is of the path leading
into Allan Bank gardens.
The image below is from the entrance to
Allan Bank house. The road from here leads
into Grasmere centre, only a few hundred
William Wordsworth, wife Mary and three
youngest children lived at Allan Bank from
1808 to 1810, two more children were born
here, Catherine and William.
Make sure and take an Ordnance Survey Map
and Compass on these hikes, and know how to
use them, as in cloud, these mountains can be
deadly. In Winter, make sure you have
Crampons and an Ice Axe, and know how to use