Saturday, 1 July 2000

The Nab

The steep pyramid of The Nab
Height: 576m (1,890ft)
Prominence: 61m (200ft)
Region: Far Eastern Fells
Classifications: Dewey, Wainwright, Birkett
Summit feature: Small cairn
Times climbed: 1
Related trip report:
The East Martindale Fells - 05/04/2014
The modest cairn on the summit
What Wainwright said:

"The Nab is a character, akin to the three Dodds around Kirkstonefoot. Very steep-sided, soaring in symmetrical lines to a slendercone, it appears from the pastures of Martindale as a lofty wedge splitting the valley into two branches".

The Nab has a moderate height of 576 metres and lies in the quieter eastern fells between Ullswater and Haweswater Reservoir. 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 reach.

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. The Nab is now open access under the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000.

Although the view is obstructed by higher ground southward there is an end to end view of the Helvellyn range above Angletarn Pikes.

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