Near Kirkby Stephen, Yorkshire Dales
I have wild camped twice on this qiuet fell, both times in winter and both times it snowed heavily! It makes an excellent winter camp because the access road is regularly gritted in winter and because the route up is easy to follow, even in poor conditions.
The route sets off from just down from Kirkby Stephen train station and heads due south over the fields. After a couple of miles through fields you arrive at the fell proper and begin the long gentle ascent up the shoulder of the mountain.
The final 100 metres or so is a bit of a lung buster but for the most part it’s pretty gentle!
Once you reach the summit it plateaus out and you can take your pick of locations, depending the strength and direction of the wind. If visibility is limited it would be recommended to stick away from the edge of The Nab!
OS Map Route
- Start: NY 761 067
- Finish: SD 760 985
- Distance: 9.2km
- Time: 2 hours 45mins
- Camp Altitude: 702m
- Water can be retrieve from the numerous small ponds on top or as you cross the stream at Moor Pot.
- Very quiet fell, especially in winter
- Rail access via Kirkby Stephen station and the Settle – Carlisle line
- Gorgeous views along The Nab and down towards Kirkby Stephen
- Parking is safest opposite the houses near the train station
- You can park closer to the fell near Pudding Howe Hill, but it is very isolated.