1st August 2010

Allcock Tarn and Nab Scar


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 14.00
Duration 3 hr 30 min
Distance 6.2 mile
Ascent 1700 ft
Walking with On my own
A591 - Alcock Tarn - below Lord Crag - Nab Scar - sheepfold above Rydal Beck - Rydal - Coffin Route - How Top - Grasmere - A591
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Starting Point Information Centre
Roadside parking, A591 outside Grasmere

I've described this spot as roadside parking, but it is actually a rather long lay-by found between Grasmere and the bottom of Dunmail Raise. It is quite a popular spot, so latecomers may arrive to find it full. If this turned out to be the case the best alternative would be to try one of the car parks in Grasmere itself. It all depends on where you're going of course, but the distance this would add onto your walk is not much at all.


Route Map

Today's route wasn't what I'd set out to do at all. I had intended to park at the top of Dunmail Raise, walk up to Grisedale Tarn and up to Dollywaggon Pike / Nethermost Pike. On the drive past Thirlmere however, it was bucketing down and the cloud was well down so I carried on driving and parked just outside Grasmere instead. As it turned out, I could have stuck to plan A and still remained dry. Never mind though, this was still a good walk, particularly the strange route I took off Nab Scar.

There's always a little bit of new ground to walk on isn't there, and this was it for me. I couldn't begin to work out how many times I've walked in this area over the years yet I can't ever remember walking along this short section of road. For no reason at all, I've always gone around the other way; next to the Swan Hotel.

Helm Crag behind the line of cars parked up on the A591; mine being one of them.

Stone Arthur and Great Rigg.
It was here that I realised the day was going to be better than I'd first thought.


Alcock Tarn.

This is the dammed end of the tarn.

And from above, you can see the dam a little better.

On route across to Nab Scar I took this picture of Grasmere with the Coniston fells under cloud in the distance.

Yes, why not head down towards Rydal Beck. It's been ages since I was down there and there's also a sheepfold I want to photograph. But first, , ,

, , , I'll wait and see which direction that band of rain moves in.

Ambleside and Windermere, taken from the route off Nab Scar.

There it is, thankfully not hidden too much by the bracken.
The fell behind is Low Pike.

This is the point at which I reached the track through the valley. Here I turned right to walk out of the valley towards Rydal.

I assume it's regular use by the farmer that has made such a substantial track through here. It certainly can't have been caused by walkers, as this is somewhere you're not likely to meet any other people.

Almost at Rydal now. I continued straight on here, but if I'd turned right it would have taken me onto the normal route to Nab Scar.

The coffin route was somewhat overgrown with summer greenery, but I still managed to get this picture of Rydal Water.

Following the coffin route between Rydal and Grasmere.

How Top.

Just about back at the car now after a great plan B walk.
The fell on the left is Helm Crag and the one straight ahead is Steel Fell.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks