Beda Fell / Angletarn Pikes / Brock Crags / The Nab

Distance (Miles): Ascent (Metres): Time (Hours):
8.74 640 6
Strenuosity: Technicality (x/10): Enjoyability (x/10):
Moderate 5 6


The weather was OK today; no sun but at least the clag stayed away 🙂 Angle Tarn is beautiful, and on The Nab you can see one of only two indigenous herds of Red Deer in England; that alone has to be worth the effort?

When Alfred Wainwright wrote his pictorial guide to the Far Eastern Fells in the 1950s The Nab, as part of the Martindale Deer Forest, was strictly out of bounds:

‘Keep Out’ notices, barricaded gates, and miles of barb wire must convey the impression even to the dullest-witted walker that there is no welcome here.

The Nab is now open access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000, so things seem to have changed these days; there are still ‘Private’ notices posted, but the barbed wire and barricades have gone and walkers seem to be tolerated, except during the stalking season. It is probably still a good idea to check with the Dalemain Estate, who administer the property at their offices in Pooley Bridge, whether walking is allowed on a specific date.

Overall an enjoyable walk with nothing too steep or technical and no scrambling 🙂