7 Mile Trail Run | Silver How and Loughrigg Fell

As it’s a 4 hour drive home from the Lake District we wanted to do something quick before we had to get in the car and come home. I had fancied a little trundle up Catsbells for a fast and easy hike with stunning views but it was a little too far from where we were staying. BG came up with the genius idea of a trail run closer to Rydal.

I left him to plan the route this time and upload it on to his Suunto and I would just follow. Having spent the previous day doing the Fairfield Horseshoe , then drinking several Rekorderlig Wild Berry ciders and the clocks going forward I was quite tired and dehydrated the next morning. I didn’t hold high hopes for the trail run being a success!

After brewing some coffee on my new Tour du Mont Blanc kit (thanks Alpkit) and downing gallons of water we packed up and set off from The Badger Bar in Rydal. Straight away the views were absolutely beautiful. Rydal Water on a perfectly warm, spring morning soon distracted me from any symptoms of a lingering hangover.

The route BG chose took us right along Rydal Water and then up along the base of Loughrigg Fell through Deerbolts Wood and then parallel with Grasmere Lake before we reached the steep climb up Silver How. This, we walked up yet not at a gentle pace! My calf muscles were on fire and felt like rocks after the day before.

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The summit of Silver How 395m offers views across to the Fairfield Horsehoe, down into Grasmere and Rydal, the Langdale Pikes and Coniston, Winderemere and the Irish Sea when the weather is as clear as it was last Sunday.

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We sat and took in the views while replenishing the energy with Jelly Babies before heading (very quickly) down Silver How in the direction of Elterwater. By now the weather felt like summer and the route took us right past YHA Langdale and High Close Arboretum which was a surprise discovery. After running through this little bit of tranquility we headed across the road and hit a very steep section at the bottom of Loughrigg Fell. Walking ensued again for this bit but the views of the Langdale Pikes continued to be a nice little treat every time my calf muscles were on fire and needed a quick beating to get them going again.

Loughrigg Fell 335m was very popular. There are so many different paths and routes up and around it and it’s an accessible little peak for young families so it was quite busy on there. It also offers the same fantastic views that Silver How does but without the steep long climb.

After more Jelly Babies it was time to descend back down to Rydal. Loughrigg Fell can be very boggy and it was. Let’s just say the ballet classes and jetés came in very handy for avoiding the worst of the bogs…

This trail run was a real treat. The scenery never fails to distract you from general running aches/pains/cramps (hangover symptoms). There is a fair amount of ascent involved but apart from the steep part of Silver How and the steep base on the route we chose to get onto Loughrigg Fell it was all doable if your fitness allows. The paths are good at the start of the run, and they lead to grassy paths afterwards with the odd bog or two to overcome on the way up Silver How. The most boggy part is on Loughrigg Fell but apart from them just being a little annoying they aren’t difficult to overcome. It’s a thoroughly enjoyable trail run!

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