Sunday, 11th November 2018

Walk: Silver How, Allan Bank grounds, Grasmere, Alcock Tarn, Rydal and Loughrigg Terrace
Start Point: Walthwaite Bottom Grid Reference: NY 329 051
Distance: 11.5 miles Ascent: 3,200 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Wet in the morning but dry in the afternoon

This walk was like a tale with two halves.
Our early ascent of Silver How was in light rain and mist, visibility limited to the path ahead of us. Once Silver How was reached we descended to Grasmere, passing through the grounds of N.T’s Allan Bank house, the rain now being quite light.
After a quick foray around the streets and paths of Grasmere we headed for the ascent to Alcock Tarn. The path up to Alcock Tarn is quite steep but first you have to reach it by crossing a beck. This proved to be a problem, the bridge across it no longer existed and the beck was heavy with rain water. (The bridge is currently in the process of reconstruction.) Whilst wondering what plan B would be, we eventually found a way across the beck and started our climb up to the tarn in what became heavy rain.
Having reached the tarn and with the skies clearing and the rain ending, we had lunch. Lunch over we commenced our descent whereupon we encountered numerous people climbing up to the tarn (the coffee shops must have emptied as the rain ceased).
Easy paths lead us to Rydal for our final stretch along Loughrigg Terrace for the car. The afternoon proved to be excellent for photography much to Kath’s and Tony’s delight.

Near the start of the walk - but no more photos till the afternoon

The cloud is lifting as we start our second climb . . .

and Loughrigg fell can be seen

Higher still cloud hovers around Helm Crag and Steel Fell

Silver How can just be seen to the left of the Langdale Pikes in the far distance

Arriving at Alcock Tarn . . .

we find a sheltered spot for lunch

Windermere comes into view as we leave Alcock Tarn . . .

taking time for a look back on the way

Typical Lakeland scenery

Zooming across the valley to capture Sourmilk Gill on the other side of Grasmere

A good path leads down . . .

as we take time for a group shot . . .

before heading through the woodland

There seems to be something unusual about this tree trunk . . .

which causes a little humour

Who says money doesn't grow on trees??

Two pence and ten pence coins seem to be the main currency here

Sun highlights Nab Scar as it is reflected in Rydal Water . . .

and again from further along the path

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