Airy Martindale Round

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

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