2nd February 2014

Alcock Tarn, Nab Scar, Rydal and Grasmere


Walk Overview
Time 9:50am to 2pm
Duration 4hr 10 min
Distance 7 mile
Ascent 1800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Alcock Tarn - Nab Scar - Rydal - Rydal Water - Loughrigg Terrace - Grasmere (lake) - road to Grasmere (village) - 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.


Weather Readings

The Gadget
All readings were taken using a Kestrel 2000 Weather Meter
Live temperature recorded at the time I press the hold key
Maximum Wind Speed Maximum wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location Average Wind Speed
Average wind speed since the weather meter was turned on at each location
Wind Chill
Combination of wind speed and temperature. The gadget does the calculations not me.

Route Map


Today's walk was one of those "lets see how the weather pans out" type of outings. When we set off we had the view that Alcock Tarn was a definite, Nab Scar would have been a nice addition and Rydal & Grasmere would be a real bonus. As it turned out, the weather was kind to us and we did the whole lot. More time at altitude would have been nice but it was a really enjoyable walk nonetheless.

Looking across to Helm Crag and Steel Fell.

There was plenty of water flowing down Greenhead Gill today.

And again, this time taken from the bridge over the gill.


Stone Arthur, Great Rigg and Greenhead Gill.

A bit of height gained and we now have a view of Grasmere, the Langdales & High Raise area in the distance, Sour Milk Gill can be seen right of centre and on the right is Helm Crag.

Just before reaching Alcock Tarn the ground levels out a bit.

Standing at the dam end of Alcock Tarn. It's a bit breezy but nothing to bother about.

So far so good. So yes, we'll head up to Nab Scar as well. Even if you aren't continuing to Nab Scar it's worth walking up here to get this great view of Alcock Tarn. If you are going to Nab Scar the route from here is surprisingly easy with only about 300ft of height between the two places.

Here Jennifer is on Nab Scar where the wind was much stronger but still manageable enough to walk in.

Rydal Water comes into view as we head down from Nab Scar.

Looking across to Low Pike and Red Screes.

This three legged sheep must have good balance.

While we enjoyed a brief spell of sunshine, the eastern arm of the Fairfield horseshoe was still in shade.

Houses at Rydal.

Time for something to eat and the most sheltered spot was one of the seats in the Millennium Garden next to Rydal Church.
"What time is it"
"It's cloudy"
"I didn't ask what the weather was like, I asked what time it was"
"I've just told you it's cloudy, , , , O never mind"

I think this Robin must have been called Oliver. However much I gave it to eat, it still wanted more.

Rydal Water.


Nab Scar and Rydal Water.


Heading down from the end of Loughrigg Terrace to Grasmere.

In two or three months time you you may see people sunbathing, picnicking and swimming here. Roll on!

Looking across the roof of the boathouse to Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar.

Seat Sandal, Stone Arthur and Great Rigg.

And now all the fells you saw in the previous two pictures.

A very quiet Sunday in Grasmere.

Stone Arthur and the ridge along from Heron Pike tower above the buildings in Grasmere.

We've almost back at the car now and here's a view across to Helm Crag.
Actually, , , , the sheep had a leg at each corner, just as you'd expect, but you'd probably guessed I was just being as daft as usual.

David Hall -
Lake District Walks