31st July 2016

Stone Arthur to Alcock Tarn

Time 9am to 2pm
Duration 5hr
Distance 7.4 mile
Ascent 2600 ft is close enough if I have to give a number
Walking with Jennifer
A591 - Stone Arthur - Great Rigg - Heron Pike - Nab Scar - Alcock Tarn - 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.
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


Seat Sandal.

Grasmere outskirts.

Looks like the little wooden footbridge was washed away in the floods last December. We're not going that way today but if we were it's still easy enough to cross the beck.

A Stone Arthur view of Grasmere.

Through the sea of bracken we go.

A close up of the Langdales.


The view back from Stone Arthur's rocky, twisty, up & down terrain.

Today's highest point was the summit of Great Rigg. Here we look across to Fairfield before heading back down the ridge as far as Nab Scar.


Here's a fine view looking down the Grasmere arm of the Fairfield Horseshoe. The light wasn't the best for taking pictures but you still get an idea of what to expect on a clearer day.

You can't really tell on the photo but yes, it was raining for a little while as we made our way to Heron Pike.


Walking down to Nab Scar with fine views towards the southern end of the Lake District.
Not many people about considering it's supposed to be the busiest time of year. Great, , , , we're not complaining.

Nab Scar is reached and this is where we back track a few yards before leaving the main ridge and dropping down to Alcock Tarn.
That's not the tarn down there - - - that's Grasmere.

After a short easy walk across / down from Nab Scar we arrive at Alcock Tarn. What a beautiful spot, albeit somewhat dark on this occasion.

There are two obvious options for getting between Grasmere & Alcock Tarn. One is via the bridge that is no longer there (see the start of the walk) and the other is the slightly longer route down to How Top / Dove Cottage. Today, , , , Jennifer chose the How Top route, and, as this view proves, very nice it is as well.


A very dark looking Stone Arthur seen from the road into Grasmere. It may be dark over there but it's really warm in the sun.


David Hall -
Lake District Walks