The Nab is a fell in the English Lake District
with a moderate height of 576 metres (1,890 feet), and lies in the
quieter eastern high ground between Ullswater and Haweswater Reservoir.
The Nab is included in Alfred Wainwright's list of Lakeland fells
and many walkers feel compelled to climb it to complete their list of
'Wainwrights' even though it is not a significant fell and is awkward to
The Nab is a top on the northern ridge of Rest Dodd, one of the
horseshoe of fells surrounding the Martindale catchment. It divides the
valleys of Bannerdale and Rampsgill, which meet below the nose of the
ridge to form How Grain. The sides of the ridge are steep and rough, but
the top is broad and level but is scarred by peat hags some deeper than
The grassy dome of the summit is marked by a small cairn
and although the view is obstructed by higher ground southward there is
an end to end view of the Helvellyn range above Angletarn Pikes.
The route from Martindale to the summit follows a well engineered
stalkers path which zig-zags up the fell and avoids any difficulties by
by-passing the crags of Nab End just below the summit.
walkers who reach the summit of The Nab do not risk the wrath of the
Dalemain Estate and avoid Martindale altogether, attaining the highest
point by approaching and leaving along the boggy ridge which links with
the neighbouring fell of Rest Dodd. This route has the added attraction
of seeing the herds of Red deer on the open fell.
starting point for this uncontroversial ascent of The Nab is Hartsop
village in Patterdale, just off the A592 main road, where there is a
large car park.
This circular walk also takes in the 'Wainwright
fells' of Brock Crags, Rest Dodd and Angletarn Pikes before descending
back to Hartsop.
routes near The Nab