The Nab

The Nab‘ is situated in Martindale in the heart of a red deer conservation area, home to the oldest native red deer herd in England. Here the deer have some sanctuary from people. It is one of Wainwright’s Peaks and is featured in Book 2 “The Far Eastern Fells”.

Walkers are requested to keep to the preferred routes shown on signs and keep away from the red deer at all times, especially during calving time. Although there is now open access to ‘The Nab’ the area may be closed at times between September and February for deer management and possibly at other times as required. To avoid any disappointment it is important to check that access will be available before your visit.

For access please contact The Estate Office,
Tel: 017684 86450 to establish whether there are any activities with the deer, which would endanger walkers.

The accepted route of ascent from Martindale is from Dalehead Farm where walkers should follow the Patterdale path which goes through the wicket gate below the farmhouse onto the fell. Following the boundary wall of the fields the path slowly climbs up towards Angle Tarn. On coming in sight of the Tarn swing east behind Buck Crag to the gate at Satura Crag and then on to Rest Dodd and entry onto ‘The Nab’. Descent is back the same way. There is no access through the fields from the road.

Alternatively the longer ascent is from Martindale old church climbing on the east side of the valley above Gowk Hill onto High Street and then around the head of the valley to The Knott and onto Rest Dodd as above.

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