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Looking up Cowside Beck with Fountains Fell in the distance
Looking up Cowside Beck with Fountains Fell in the distance

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Route No. 63 - 12 February 2003
Arncliffe, River Skirfare, Street Gate,
Yew Cogar Scar, Littondale - 18km
Yorkshire Dales . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western areas at 1:25000


The village green in Arncliffe
The village green in Arncliffe

The village green in Arncliffe
The village green in Arncliffe

We took the path by the church to the riverside and walked downstream for about 3km to Out Gang Lane where we left the river Skirfare.

This morning four of us met at the village green in Arncliffe in Littondale (map ref. SD 932718) at about 10.00.

The village church in Arncliffe
The village church in Arncliffe

River Skirfare looking up Littondale
River Skirfare looking up Littondale

Waterfall on Cote Gill
Top of the waterfall on Cote Gill

About 2km from Arncliffe Cote we stopped to look at the waterfall on Cote Gill at map ref. SD932692 with a view down Cote Gill back into Littondale itself.

Old lime kiln by the path to Street Gate
Old lime kiln by the path to Street Gate

The combination of limestone hills and the heavy Pennine rainfall has sculpted this whole area into an amazing mixture of limestone cliffs, limestone pavements, steep valleys and waterfalls. It's a wonderful place to walk.

We walked the 300m up the lane to the main road along the valley. We turned back up the valley for about 200m to the farm road on our left to Arncliffe Cote. We followed the public bridleway along the farm road and onto the hill side climbing up above Cote Gill.

Waterfall on Cote Gill
Waterfall on Cote Gill

We followed the bridleway for about 6km to Street Gate near Malham Tarn.

Wild open country on the way to Street Gate
Wild open country on the way to Street Gate

Wild open country on the way to Street Gate
Wild open country on the way to Street Gate

Heading for Yew Cogger Scar from Middle House
Heading for Yew Cogar Scar from Middle House

Heading for the Monks' Road from Middle House
Heading for the Monks' Road from Middle House

The path along Yew Cogger Scar above Cowside Beck
The path along Yew Cogar Scar above Cowside Beck

We continued along this path to the ruins of Middle House and about 200m beyond the ruins we took the right hand fork in the path which forms the 'Monks' Road' above Yew Cogar Scar.

When we reached Street Gate we turned onto the bridleway heading north along the stone farm road towards Middle House Farm. Just before the farm at map ref. SD907675, the path goes over a stile to climb the hill.

The path along Yew Cogger Scar above Cowside Beck
The path along Yew Cogar Scar above Cowside Beck

Looking up Cowside Beck with Fountains Fell in the distance
Looking up Cowside Beck with Fountains Fell in the distance

Looking up Litondale from Yew Cogger Scar
Looking up Littondale from Yew Cogar Scar

Looking up Litondale from Yew Cogger Scar
Looking up Littondale from Yew Cogar Scar

The whole route was about 18km and took us about five and a half hours to complete including our refreshment stops.

The path is following the steep sided valley of Cowside Beck. There is a steep descent from the end of the scar back down into Arncliffe.

Looking up Litondale from Yew Cogger Scar
Looking up Littondale from Yew Cogar Scar

The village of Arncliff seen from the end of Yew Cogger Scar
The village of Arncliffe seen from the end of Yew Cogar Scar