Walk Leader: Beverley Kelly Total Distance: 7+ miles app Total Ascent: 1600ft app
A Silver Treasure and two Castles
B route in a clockwise direction
The walk starts from the Garden Centre when we head towards the north of the water, turning up a path to Kelbarrow. Already we have wonderfull views of Grasmere Waterand the fells surrounding it. It is a short but steep climb to the summit of Silver Howe (1293ft)
After the photo shoots and the oooh's and aah's we head west ward across this broad ridge which starts at High Raise, the central peak of the lakes. Passing Youdell Tarn it is a bit boggy but a wonderful panorama as we pass the peak of Lang How then Swinescar. As we approach little and great Castle How the ground is more rocky and interesting, particularly for geologists. If we have made good time we will head for Blea Rigg which is a pleasant lunch stop, looking over to the Langdales and Crinkles.
After lunch we retrace our steps a bit to descend on an unclear pathway down to Easdale Tarn, a popular venue for many tourists following in the footsteps of Wordsworth. The ascent was popular during the Victorian period, and a refreshment hut was even established in the 19th century by Robert Hayton of Grasmere above the outlet of the tarn to service the thirsty visitors. The hut is long gone, and nettles now grow where the ruins used to be.
Our descent now is on a restored pathway all the way down back to Grasmere, but the delights are not over yet for we are alongside the rushing 'Sourmilk Gill' as it tumbles over waterfalls and we are looking to wards the Fairfield and Helvellyn ridges.
There will be many a cheerful greeting as we continue on our descent, enjoying the changing colours and the thought of refreshments at one of the many teashops and hostelries in Grasmere. Given the weather this is a lovely Fell Walkand even in bad weather we are protected and should be below the cloud line