Route No.940917
Scar House Reservoir, South Haw, Little Haw,
West Scrafton, Swineside Moor, Arkleside Moor circuit - 20km
Nidderdale/ Coverdale, Yorkshire Dales . . .

Map: OS Explorer OL30 Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central areas


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Route No.940917
Scar House Reservoir, South Haw, Little Haw,
West Scrafton, Swineside Moor, Arkleside Moor circuit - 20km
Nidderdale/ Coverdale, Yorkshire Dales . . .

Map: OS Explorer OL30 Yorkshire Dales Northern & Central areas

General Directions (see markers on the route map)

1.) Start at the water company public car park at Scar House reservoir, map ref. SE068766 at the head of Nidderdale. From the car park follow the route of the Nidderdale Way along the road across the crest of the dam to the track called Carle Side Road at the other side of the reservoir. At this track turn right and follow the Nidderdale Way along the Carle Side Road for about 1.5km crossing Woo Gill and then Twizling Gill. Abut 150m beyond Twizling Gill the Nidderdale Way leaves the track to head down the hillside. Ignore this turning and continue along the track for about 500m to an elaborate stone shooting 'hut'.

2.) Continue past the shooting hut for 200m to a track with a public bridleway along it heading from west to east. After about 350m along this track turn left off the track to follow a public bridleway heading NNW for about 1km to a small summit called South Haw, map ref. SE085788. (confusingly it's also called Little Haw but so is the next little summit about 1.5km further on!) Continue along the bridleway for another 1.5km to pass Little Haw about 200m west of the bridleway. Continue along the bridleway for another 3km dropping down across West & East Scrafton Moors to the village of West Scrafton at map ref. SE074836.

3.) Follow the road through the village towards Swineside passing the Scrafton Methodist Chapel on the right at map ref. SE073836. Continue along the road towards Swineside (ignore the right hand turning to Carlton) Follow the road for about 1.5km from west Scrafton to the bend at map ref. SE063823, where the road turns down the hillside to The Swineside Country Hotel. Keep straight ahead here to walk along the bridleway across the open moor for about 3km to cross Arkleside Beck and join a track climbing up the valley side out of Coverdale from the hamlet of Arkleside.

4.) Continue along this track for about 1.5km climbing out of Coverdale to the ridge at map ref. SE043782 between Little Whernside and Dead Mans Hill. Continue over the ridge and straight down the hillside into Nidderdale for about 1.3km to the edge of Scar House Reservoir. At the reservoir turn left and follow the footpath around the edge of the reservoir back to the dam. The path follows the bed of a narrow gauge railway used during the construction of the reservoir. At the dam turn right to cross the dam and return to the car park at the end of the walk.