15th July 2012

Stone Arthur to Nab Scar


Walk Overview
Time 10.30 to 16.10
Duration 5 hr 40 min
Distance 8.8 mile
Ascent 2800 ft
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Stone Arthur - Heron Pike - Nab Scar - Rydal Hall - Rydal - Rydal Water - Town End - 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

Helm Crag seen from the minor road we followed to the bottom of the Greenhead Gill route.

We had no plans on where to walk today until after we left the house. A couple of things were suggested on route but we eventually ended up driving past Thirlmere where we decided to walk up Stone Arthur and onto the ridge above.
An enjoyable walk was had although I have to say the weather was more like October than the middle of July.

Stopping to admire the view.
It's a good job there's a path up here otherwise the bracken would turn the walk into a nightmare.

On route up you have a view of Easedale Tarn over on the left   and Alcock Tarn which is more or less behind you.

Below Stone Arthur.

I'm not sure what this is. I'm tempted to say it's a fox trap, but I thought they were usually round.

Looking across to Seat Sandal and Dollywaggon Pike.

The path up from Stone Arthur joins up with the main Fairfield ridge where we now have two choices, , , turn left to Fairfield or turn right and head down to Rydal. Today, we turned right and followed the path you see here which eventually brought us out at Rydal.

A view of the higher section of the Fairfield Horseshoe.

A sort of close up of Ambleside and Windermere.


Grasmere, , ,

, , , and Rydal, both seen from the walk down the ridge.

Looking towards the Coniston fells. We could see it was raining over in the southern part of the county. Thankfully we didn't end up walking across there today.

Almost off the fell now and it was warming up, brightening up and it was almost time for something to eat.

This is what I like to see; Jennifer walking out of a tea shop with two pieces of cake. Now we need to find somewhere to eat them.
"why didn't you just use that picnic table"
"because I didn't think they'd be too happy about us using their table to eat the food we'd brought from home"

and one of the seats outside Rydal Church did nicely.

Rydal church.
By the way, it wasn't 20 past 12 when we were here.

Nab Scar seen behind Rydal Water.

You don't expect to see this place deserted in the middle of July do you. Normally you'd be tripping over people on the grass, kids in the water and family dogs running about. The guy in the ice cream van at While Moss was saying the same thing and we all agreed it wasn't just the bad weather putting people off. Holidaying in this country isn't the cheap option anymore.

The River Rothay flows into Grasmere and flows out of Rydal Water. So, the stretch of river between the two lakes must still be the River Rothay; even though it isn't marked as such. This is the bridge that took us from the Loughrigg side of the river to the White Moss side.

Today we followed the old road from White Moss to Town Head. There aren't many opportunities for photos on this short section of road but I did manage to look over the wall and take this picture of Grasmere and Helm Crag (the prominent fell on the right)

Passing by Dove Cottage.

It was nice and sunny by the time we got to Grasmere. Better late than never springs to mind.
That's Stone Arthur up the on the skyline.

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