Nab Scar and Alcock Tarn

We think this walk is better starting at Rydal, rather than Grasmere, simply because we like to get up high quickly and don't mind a stroll at the end. Some people prefer a more gentle start to the walk, in which case start in Grasmere and once at the coffin road follow from step 7 and then loop back to step 1.

A little above the long left hand 'zag on the way up Nab Scar watch out for a large square stone set into the ground just off the left hand side of the path. It's the aqueduct stone marking the course of the Thirlmere to Manchester water supply which lays below.

There are lots of parking options in Grasmere, or a small amount of on-street parking by the church in Rydal with an honesty box for the fee. Another option is to take the bus as there are frequent services on the A591, in summer at least.