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Airy Martindale Round

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  • Circuit of this unspoilt and rarely visited valley
  • Picturesque tarns at Angletarn Crags
  • The graceful peak of Beda Head

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I completed a walk on Beda Fell in Martindale a few weeks ago and felt vaguely unsatisfied. I definitely left with the feeling I had cut it short and really a full circuit of the valley would make a considerably better walk. So, I returned and it is! Angletarn Crags is one of the most enticing spots in the Lake District anyway, the little rocky twin summits providing fabulous views both near and far. Further on the route passes over the bulk of Rest Dodd before sliding down to the graceful peak of the Nab.

There is always an element of guilt whilst crossing the Nab as it is officially on Private Land with no walkers access but the reality is that the landowner seems fine as long as care is taken – the path suggests many suffer the guilt! Martindale is a superb valley in its own right and pleasant to explore with a lovely 17th century church and good views from Combe Heights.

Recommend: Keep your eyes peeled on the Nab and around Martindale for the deer – they will be there

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL5 The English Lakes North East. Buy Map
Start Point: NY 435191. Park at the church on the high point of the road under Hallin Fell
Height to Climb: 638ms (2,093 feet)
Terrain: The path becomes a major track for a while after Angletarn Crags but is back to a grassy one over The Nab
Eating & Drinking: The Howtown Hotel is the only option in town but Angletarn Crags is perfect for a picnic on a nice day.
Similar Walks Nearby: The Beauty of Ullswater
Loadpot Hill from Howtown
A fistful of Dodds
Places to Stay: Sun Inn, Pooley Bridge




Comments

  1. Steve Griggs says:

    Hi. Did this walk on 2/7/14 and really enjoyed it. Finding a route onto the first ridge proved difficult at first but eventually found one at the junction of the first path and the road (432183). The ridge walk was spectacular. You really feel completely surrounded by the mountains and there were very few other walkers around. Angle Tarn is really beautiful and the Angletarn Pikes are great for a bit of scrambling if you have time. We avoided the top of Rest Dodd (as we had spent too long playing on Angletarn Pikes) and cut across the base of it (saw loads of red deer here). The Nab is now open access so no need for the guilt trip any more. The bogs between Rest Dodd and The Nab were bone dry for us but I would imagine they are tough to find a route through in the wetter months. The descent off the front of The Nab was pretty hairy too as it is very very steep and again, would be very difficult if the grass is too wet. The best and most fun way to get down is to put your backside on the grass and slide down (watching out for rocks on the way!)

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