Wednesday, July 30, 2014

A Dad & Little Lad Hike : Silver How from Grasmere

Date : 30th July 2014
Start/Finish : Grasmere
Wainwrights : Silver How
Distance : 3.5 miles 
Height Gained : 1158 feet 
Time Taken : 3 hours (including a summit picnic and ice cream in Grasmere)

I have walked past Silver How many times on the way back to Grasmere from along the Blea Rigg ridge but have never made the short detour to the summit. Now, being a bona fide Wainwright bagger, I had to make amends. It's only a short walk so I took my 7 year old son along for the ride. It would be his 3rd Wainwright (having previously climbed Helm Crag and Loughrigg Fell) and my 143rd. The weather was bit drizzly on the way up to the summit but then it brightened up. The cloud base was about 2500 feet so we had unimpeded views the whole way round.

The upwards climb through bracken

Views back towards Fairfield (under cloud)

A drizzly looking Grasmere

Waterproof over the rucksack - genius idea!
 It was still drizzling on the summit so we found a spot out of the wind and had lunch looking out over Grasmere.

Silver How summit

Views over Grasmere

Views along the Blea Rigg ridge towards the Langdale Pikes

 On the way down the rain stopped and the sun even threatened to come out. The boy had a great time dissecting sheep bones (Boys !?!) and wandering through head height (for him) bracken.

The path back to Grasmere

Helm Crag

Seat Sandal over Dunmail Raise
 When we got back to Grasmere we had the obligatory well earned ice cream before heading home. This was great dad & lad walk but I think next time I need to take him up something a bit more challenging because afterwards he asked if we could go up it again!  I'm thinking Langdale Pikes next. That should wear him out.

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