: Happy Birthday, Tony!
6th February 2014
years ago on Tony's birthday we celebrated by nearly
reaching the summit of Lang How followed by nearly reaching
the summit of Silver How. ( See BB0906 )
it again being Tony's birthday, we intended to reach
the summit of both. The forecast for the higher
tops was too wild and time was a little tight Adding
to that the fact that Silver How was a Wainwright that
John needed, it seemed the logical place to celebrate.
The only problem was that Tony was not with us.
He had opted to go and see his granddaughter instead.
we started as he would have wished with some splendid
Linthwaite sausages, eaten at our parking place just
sausages to celebrate Tony's birthday
made our way up to the Mini
as I like to call Lang How. It is a shame that
Wainwright did not accord it the honour of being selected
for his Central Fells book as not only does it look
splendid from across the small tarn beneath, it provides
a fun gentle climb to the summit and excellent panoramic
least I thought they should be excellent
but my eyes were watering up with the cold
I had my secret weapon for such circumstances.
may deride my appearance (not for the first
time) but I was warm, dry-eyed and happy
in the golden glow provided by my goggles.
happy bunny can confirm that the views are
do they mock me?
from Lang How
whom I had consulted in advance about the route fearing
that visibility might be poor, had advised that I should
take a bearing from the tarn and follow this directly
to the summit of Silver How.
fact visibility was good but I felt that
it should be used as a training exercise.
Garmin I now have is much more reliable
that the model I used on BB0906 so
I had logged into the machine the OS coordinates
for the summit.
we needed to do was to follow the arrow.
pretty accurate it was.
brought us to about 10 foot from the Silver
How summit cairn.
the arrow to Silver How
and Rydal Water from Silver How
the name Silver How has nothing to do with precious
metal (other than possibly Viking hordes). According
to Richard Wilkinson in his 1894 book A
History of Westmorland,
it derives from the "Wiking" Silvarl who may be
resting beneath his "haugr" or tomb-mound.
descent was via the long gully which has
now been gentrfied with stone steps preventing
erosion. It's understandable but sad, though
it should be said that this set of stones
was one of the better ones.
we had crossed the fell and dropped down
to a rocky outcrop, we stopped for lunch,
a little later than Tony would have liked.
view, particularly over Grasmere to Dunmail
Raise is quite special.
Grasmere to Dunmail Raise
back to Silver How and the gully
spotted a RAF Typhoon as it wizzed up the
pass followed by a rather slower (and therefore
easier to photograph) Hercules.
was then we received a call from James,
who was flying in the Typhoon and had seen
has videoed his flight (he was the passenger,
I add, not the pilot) and you can watch
it by clicking on
... a ride with the best.
if you can spot us waving.
over Grasmere village
rest of the walk was gentle and less exciting. We
dropped down between Grasmere and Rydal Water then climbed
past some old quarries to join the Coffin Route back
to Grasmere and the car.
that we hadn't yet sufficiently celebrated
Tony's birthday, Mike invited us back to
the Linthwaite for the most delicious scones
with Damson Jam and cream.
was also a little candle-lit birthday cake
over which we sang:
Birthday, Dear Tony!
Birthday to You!
Thursday 6th February 2014
Picture for Margaret
6th February 2014
7.9 Garmin GPS
climbed in feet
Memory Map / OS
How, Silver How
Don, John Hn,
Martin C, Mike
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