Walk                 : Silver Howe from Elterwater

                        Date                 : 30th  March 2016

                        Weather           : Occasional showers, cold wind chill

                        Route Details    : NT Car Park, Elterwater, Huntingstile Gap, Dow Bank

                        Distance           : @ 3.5 miles

 

                             Click here to see which part of Lakeland this walk is situated ….

 

                        Overview

                        A few days holiday from work with a mixed weather forecast, it was a case of deciding which day to plump for to avoid the rain.

                                    I had hoped to get a decent round in and tick off a few peaks, but in the end settled for a gentle stroll with Sue up Silver Howe,

                                    and what the fell lacks in terms of height it certainly makes up for with dramatic views. This is one I would recommend to someone

                                    wanting to make a start of getting in to Fell walking

 

                                    A 3d view of the walk

 

 

 

 

As you approach Elterwater from Ambleside via Chapel Stile a National Trust car park just before you actually enter the village

on your right hand side is the start point of this walk, and there is ample parking for a large number of cars

 

 

From the car park you can follow the tarmac road round or take the stone path, either way until you meet a Public Footpath on

your left that leads up to Huntingstile Gap (the dip in the picture below)

 

 

Huntingstile Gap

 

 

Take the sign posted foot path that climbs gently up the slope

 

 

At the top of the gap and the view opens up towards Dunmail Raise across the still closed A591

 

 

 

Follow the path from the gap that leads you gently to ascend Huntingstile Crag. The view from the small cairn shown here across

to the Coniston range of Fells

 

 

From the cairn follow the clear path that sweeps round the left of Dow Bank. You may if you wish avoid the climb over the top, however

it is very gentle and has a fine view awaiting those who take the route

 

 

Approaching the side path

 

 

From the top of Dow Bank a view west across to Crinkle Crags, Bowfell & The Langdale Pikes

 

 

Looking north over Grasmere towards Helm Crag

 

 

From the front marker cairn the summit of Silver Howe is seen for the first time (The high point on the ridge)

 

 

From the cairn follow the track to gain access from a number of points to get on the ridge. As you approach the crags keep right and leave

the main path which carries on to Blea Rigg

 

 

This is the “Big Cairn” that Alfred Wainwright mentioned as a feature in his 3rd Guide Book that describes this walk

 

 

Following the ridge path to the summit, when you reach this fork, take the right hand path that leads directly to the top

 

 

A view of Grasmere and Rydal Water on the way to the summit

 

 

At the summit and its freezing, but the close up views of the Langdales are superb

 

A 360 degree view from the summit … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Z31tSLHAc

 

 

 

Crinkle Crags and Bowfell

 

 

Nannook of the North !!

 

 

Langdale Pikes and Pavey Arc close up

 

 

Looking south to Windermere

 

 

Stunning views of Grasmere and Rydal Water

 

 

What do you think Nannook ??

 

 

Threatening skies full of rain moving in over Langdale. Time for a descent me thinks

 

 

 

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