Silver How is a fell in the Lake District standing over the village
of Grasmere. 'How' is derived from the Old Norse word 'haugr', a common
local term for a hill or mound.
Silver How forms part of the Blea
Rigg ridge and would be considered just another of the many tops on that
fell were it not for Wainwright's decision to accord it a separate
chapter in his Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.
Silver How the ridge gains in height over a series of tops principally
Lang How, Swinescar Pike, Little Castle How and Great Castle How toward
South and then east of the summit, the ridge narrows
and drops to the wooded depression of Red Bank before rising to its
terminus on Loughrigg.
The eastern slopes of Silver How above
Grasmere are steep and carry trees to the intake wall at half height,
the final rise to the summit being craggy.
It is this aspect of
the fell, seen to great effect from the lake of Grasmere, which has made
it so popular with walkers and photographers.
There are also
crags on the southern side of the ridge overlooking Chapel Stile in
The Grasmere flank is drained by Wray Gill which
forms the northern boundary of the fell as it sweeps around to make a
direct entry into the lake.
Meg's Gill, a tributary of Great
Langdale Beck, marks the eastern edge dropping through a ravine above
Below the fell's eastern extremity of Dow
Bank, the depression of Red Bank carries a road from Grasmere to
Langdale, a scenic route between the two. Near the road summit is High
Close Youth Hostel set amid woodland.
There are numerous paths on
the fell which, added to the large selection of rounded tops, can make
The true summit, marked by a large tumbled
cairn, sits directly above Grasmere and provides fine all round views.
Grasmere and its valley provide the highlight, backed by the
Fairfield horseshoe. The Langdale Pikes and Coniston Fells are also well
Ascents are possible from Grasmere, Chapel Stile, Elterwater and High
Close, the climber being spoilt for choice by countless variations.
The Grasmere approaches provide fine scenery throughout, whilst that
from Elterwater starts in more dreary surroundings. The ascent from
Chapel Stile is actually the shortest.
Silver How can be combined
with Blea Rigg to give a longer walk making New Dungeon Ghyll (Great
Langdale) another possible starting point.
routes near Silver How