28th August 2006

The ridge above Grasmere - Alcock Tarn to Nab Scar.


Walk Overview
Time 10.25 to 14 45
Duration 4hr 20 min
Distance 6.3 mile
Ascent 2159 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 (The Swan) - Alcock Tarn - Heron Pike - Nab Scar - Rydal - Town End - A591 (The Swan)
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

Crossing Greenhead Gill on route to Alcock Tarn.

Helm Crag and some of the higher Central fells taken a little further up Greenhead Gill.

Looking across to Stone Arthur and Great Rigg.

Alcock Tarn. It was bucketing down when I took this picture and that set the pattern for the rest of the walk. One minute it was warm sunshine and then is was a mad dash to get the waterproofs on.

From our off path route between Alcock Tarn and Heron Pike you get this lovely view back down to the tarn and Grasmere.

Careful now! Wet grass can be as slippery as walking on ice.

What do you mean slippery, I don't have any problems walking on wet grass". "Anyway, never mind the grass, look at the view of Grasmere and Easedale Tarn".

Erne Crag in sunshine with Great Rigg, Fairfield and Hart Crag behind.

The walk down to Nab Scar and Rydal.

A close up picture of the Langdales catching a spell of sunshine.

And looking in the same direction as the previous photo to Grasmere, the Silver How / Blea Rigg Ridge, the Langdales / High Raise fells and Pike O'Blisco, Crinkle Crags and Bow Fell in the far distance.

One of the cottages at How Top. (raining again)

The fine slate Church of Our Lady of the Wayside, found just out side Grasmere next to the main A591.

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