Great Rigg to Nab Scar
FOUR Wainwright circular walk: Stone Arthur, Great Rigg, Heron Pike and Nab Scar (Fairfield can easily be added too)
Time: 5 - 6 hours
Parking: On the A591 layby between The Swan Hotel and the Travellers Rest (room for about 25 cars) - free. Alternatively, take one of the the regular buses to Grasmere.
|Great Rigg and Stone Arthur from below Silver How|
|Strava estimates a walking distance of around 15km|
1. Start by heading up the lane to the side of the Swan, an old coaching inn described by Wordsworth as "the famous Swan" in his poem, 'The Waggoner'.
|The path climbs up alongside the wood|
6. At the top of the wall, don't go through the gap ahead but turn right to follow the path that now traverses around the top of the valley of the Greenhead Gill.
11. There's no clearly defined summit, as Stone Arthur is really just the rocky end of the ridge descending from Great Rigg. Amongst the outcrops you will rejoin the main path coming up the ridge. Walk on upwards to the next main outcrop, another good viewpoint across to Helm Crag and Easedale Tarn.
|Walking along the corpse road|
27. You will pass a couple of seats, supposedly where the flat slabs provided 'coffin rests' to provide the coffin bearers with a breather, although whether these really are the original resting stones is debatable.
|The Wordsworths' Dove Cottage|