Scar House Reservoir & Upper Nidderdale Walk - July 15th

Posted 16/7/2017

Once again DVWG unearthed a classic walk with this Yorkshire Dales Walk.

The bulk of our party made an extra early start in order to stop for a breakfast pit stop in the North Yorkshire Brewery town of Masham. After lining our stomachs for the day’s proceedings we headed off across the dales to the small village of Lofthouse on the River Nidd to begin our walk.

We commenced our walk along some beautiful paths alongside the Nidd, part of the Nidderdale Way passing the curious Goyden Pot and watching a team of pot holers commence their descent of Manchester Hole as we walked along.

Shortly afterwards we left the Nidderdale Way but continued alongside the Nidd until we reached Low Woodale where a tough ascent was needed to re-join the Nidderdale Way at Carle Side heading for Scar House Reservoir.

Following a lunch break at the reservoir, there was a further tough climb onto Woodale Scar before continuing across open moorland heading towards the valley where How Stean Gorge is.

How Stean Gorge is a tourist attraction, which cost £7 to enter, however from the parts of the valley we were able to walk upstream from the gorge the views were breath taking. We also paused at the gorge and managed to see some excellent views from the bridge outside the visitor centre.

A short walk back into the village of Lofthouse completed the walk for our now weary party of 10 adults and one child. Mileage was significantly longer than advertised on this one at a final 11.13 miles, with over 1500 feet of ascent too.

After not being able to obtain a drink from the local pub in Lofthouse, some of our party adjourned to The Crown Hotel in nearby Middlesmoor for a beer before our long journey home.

Well done to everyone who completed this beauty, especially Rhys Powell who at just six years old managed this walk admirably.

Watch out for this walk, or a slight variant of it in our diary again giving us the opportunity to explore this beautiful, yet quiet part of the Yorkshire Dales again.