Nab Scar is a fell in the Lake District, an outlier of the Fairfield
group in the Eastern Fells and stands above Rydal Water.
is properly the steep terminal face of the southern ridge of Heron Pike,
but the name is also given to the whole of the ridge south of Lord Crag.
The popular Fairfield horseshoe
ridge walk either begins or ends with Nab Scar, consensus never having
been achieved on the "correct" direction of travel. This route also
takes in the additional Wainwrights of Heron Pike, Great Rigg,
Fairfield, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, High Pike and Low Pike in a circuit of
From the double summit of Heron Pike, a grassy ridge descends south
westerly, gradually narrowing until a rougher section falls more steeply
at Lord Crag. Beyond here it levels out, curving back a little to the
east and passing over a couple of low mounds. The second of these is
taken as the summit of Nab Scar.
A few hundred yards further on
is the scar itself, dropping steeply to the lake with woodland on the
lower slopes. On the shore of the lake below the fell is Nab Cottage,
past home to various of the Lake Poets.
To the west is the little
valley of Dunney Beck, separating Nab Scar from a low south western rigg
running down from Heron Pike to Town End and the River Rothay.
The eastern boundary of Nab Scar is the long, quiet valley of Rydale.
All of these waters ultimately meet a Rydal village before turning south
A little to the west of the summit is Dockey
Tarn, one of the smallest such bodies of water to be named on Ordnance
Survey maps. This shallow, rocky bottomed pool has a fine colony of
The summit of Nab Scar bears a large cairn and
the view westwards is extensive with the Central Fells seen to
The main route of ascent is via the recently
repaired path up the ridge from Rydal village.
A start can also
be made from White Moss car park, climbing up Dunney Beck towards Alcock
Tarn before swinging east onto the ridge.
routes near Nab Scar