Lakeland Walking Breaks

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Grasmere to Langdale

Alcock Tarn, on the fells above Grasmere

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Langdale to Grasmere
via Easedale Tarn
Grasmere to Langdale
via Silver Howe

Grasmere from Loughrigg Terrace

A circuit of Grasmere

Nab Scar and Rydal Water

A Circuit of Rydal


Slater Bridge

School Knott Tarn

Windermere Walks

A selection of 8 walks around Bowness and Windermere

The Langdale Pikes from Loughrigg Around Loughrigg
Alcock Tarn Alcock Tarn

More routes will be added to these pages as they become available.

Grasmere to Langdale via Silver Howe

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There are two main fell routes from Grasmere to Langdale. One via Easedale Tarn, and the other via Silver Howe ridge. They can be combined to make one longer round, which takes approx. 5 - 6 hours. The route described below is from Grasmere to New Dungeon Ghyll, via Silver Howe. This route can either be the high level route, walking the ridge all the way from the summit of Silver Howe to Blea Rigg and then descending via Stickle Ghyll, or a lower route, taking in the path that drops from Silver Howe to the valley floor, close to Harry Place Farm. That is the route outlined here.

We start by heading out of Grasmere via Red Bank road, before turning right up a track close to the cafe and boat landing at Faery Glen. This picture was taken on a crisp clear weekday at the end of January. Eric was fiddling with the batteries in his camera when we did the walk in June.

Camera sorted! The views as you climb towards the summit of Silver Howe are impressive and take in both Grasmere and Rydal Water.

The summit of Silver Howe is reached after a short but steep scramble. From here there is a choice of routes, either along the ridge, or back down towards Elterwater Common, which is where we are heading. Once again, the summit picture is another taken on a different day to the main walk. Those batteries failed again! What a good job I carry a spare set. Anyway, the picture shown was taken at the start of November, again on a really fine early winter day.

From the summit of Silver Howe we drop down towards Elterwater. The path runs around the side of the fell side, with the houses of Chapel Stile and the quarry workings far below.

Instead of bearing left at this cairn and dropping down towards Harry Place farm straight away, we go right, up the fell, and walk a little further along the ridge to take in the view down the valley. Doing this means we will have to turn back and retrace our steps for about a quarter of a mile, but it is worth it. Carrying on along this footpath will take us along the ridge to Blea Rigg and Stickle Tarn. Another route for another day!

Anyway, as you can see, the detour is worth it.

After a stop for lunch we retrace our steps to drop down the fell towards Harry Place Farm.

From the path coming down the fell, the views in front of us down the valley are impressive.

Once on the valley floor, The Langdale Pikes dominate the scene. From here it is just a short walk along a old road, now used as a farm track, to New Dungeon Ghyll.

The first section of this walk, from Grasmere to Silver Howe, returning via Allen Bank, is included in "Walks Around Grasmere"

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The above walk is one of 8 walks featured in "More Walks in the Langdale Valley", and includes the outward route from Langdale to Grasmere.

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