Middlesmoor - Scar House Circular

Walk 1 - Walk 1 - Middlesmoor - Scar House Circular - 9 miles - 4 hours - Excellent views of Upper Nidderdale Park in Middlesmoor car park if space permits or arrive by bus on selected Sundays. Return to Nidderdale Walks

  • Scar House Reservoir and Little Whernside in distance

On leaving the carpark bear right and proceed up the rough vehicle track known as In Moor Lane and over the hill passing through a gate en-route. The track descends steeply to reach Scar House Reservoir. Turn right along the road and at the dam turn left. Crossing over the dam bear briefly left on other side and then sharp right after 200m or so along Carle Fell Road [track]. Follow the track up the hill. After a while the track levels out.

Proceed maintaining the same contour on the track with abrupt intervention of Woo Gill. After Woo Gill the preference is to bear right maintaining the vehicle track. Avoid dropping onto the lower path which forks off at this point. After 500m or so the track passes a shooting house and climbs slightly uphill to join a further track. Bear right and continue following Dale Edge, a vehicle track along the contour around the edge of Lofthouse Moor for some 3½ miles until a further shooting house is reached. This rather resembles a small church.

Scar House Reservoir from the dam Descending from Middlesmoor to Scar House

The Crown at Middlesmoor


At this point drop steeply down the hillside towards to reach Thrope Farm. Pass through the farm yard and along the farm road. Crossing the bridge bear right initially along the river bank but pretty soon strike off diagonally right across 2 fields to cross Scar House access road. Crossing the road pass through a stile and bear diagonally left through four fields rising uphill all the time. Pass through a small plantation and crossing Intake Gill, a small stream, pass through a further three fields eventually emerging in the centre Middlesmoor.

Important note:- Whilst the author has taken every care in assembling the information on this site, no responsibility can be accepted for any error or omission herein. If in any doubt walkers should consult the relevant OS map.

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