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Looking across Scarhouse reservoir at the head of Nidderdale (AONB)
Looking across Scar House reservoir at the head of Undervalue (AONB)

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Route No. 347 - Wednesday 16 June 2010
Scar House and Angram reservoirs circuit - 10km
Nidderdale (AONB) . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer 298 Nidderdale at 1:25000


Starting to cross the dam at Scar House Reservoir
Starting to cross the dam at Scar House Reservoir

The car park at the start of the walk
The car park at the start of the walk

From the car park we walked down past the excellent information boards to the reservoir dam. We followed the access road across the crest of the dam.

This morning my friend, Jim, and I drove to the water company's public car park at Scar House Reservoir at the head of Nidderdale at map ref. SE070766.

Looking doen Nidderdale from Scar House dam
Looking down Nidderdale from Scar House dam

Looking up Scar House Reservoir from the dam
Looking up Scar House Reservoir from the dam

An angler by Scar House reservoir
An angler by Scar House reservoir

There was an angler sitting on his folding chair at the edge of the water below us enjoying the sunshine as we passed by.

At the other side of the reservoir we turned left off the track on to a path just above the edge of the reservoir. The water level was around 4 or 5m below it's maximum.

Path along the edge of Scar House Reservoir
Path along the edge of Scar House Reservoir

Thistle in bloom by the path
Thistle in bloom by the path

Green tiger beetle on the path
Green tiger beetle on the path

Spare rivetted steel pressure pipes from the 1920's
Spare riveted steel pressure pipes from the 1920's

They were spare pipes from the construction of the aqueduct from Angram reservoir commissioned around 1920. Then we saw the crown of some of these pipes in the aqueduct itself in the grass of the path. They take water from the reservoir to Chellow Heights water treatment works in Bradford.

The path follows the bed of a narrow gauge railway used during construction of the Angram Reservoir to transport materials up to the dam construction site. In a couple of places the old rails are visible amongst the grass of the path. Beside the path we noticed some old lengths of steel riveted pressure pipes

Path along the old narrow gauge railway bed
Path along the old narrow gauge railway bed

Aqueduct of rivetted steel pressure pipes
Aqueduct of riveted steel pressure pipes

Oyster catcher by the reservoir
Oyster catcher by the reservoir

Path along the old narrow gauge railway bed
Path along the old narrow gauge railway bed

Looking up to the dam at Angram reservoir
Looking up to the dam at Angram reservoir

Track leading up to Angram Reservoir dam
Track leading up to Angram Reservoir dam

Here we turned left to follow the path contouring around the hillside for about 1km to the northern end of the dam at Angram reservoir.

After about 1.7km along the edge of Scar House reservoir the path turned away from the water's edge at map ref. SE050771 to climb up the hillside for about 300m.

Turning away from the reservoir to climb the hillside
Turning away from the reservoir to climb the hillside

Ewe and lamb by the path
Ewe and lamb by the path

Looking back to Scar House reservoir
Looking back to Scar House reservoir

CAngram Reservoir from our lunch stop by the dam
Angram Reservoir from our lunch stop by the dam

Channel & penstocks by Angram Reservoir
Channel & penstocks by Angram Reservoir

Footbridge over a gulley crossing the path
Footbridge over a gully crossing the path

Path down to the R. Nidd inlet
Path down to the R. Nidd inlet

Here we turned left to follow the path down the hillside to a narrow arm of the reservoir. There are two main streams that feed into this arm of the reservoir. They are Long Hill Sike and the River Nidd, just a little stream here.
From the end of the dam we followed a track heading south west above the edge of Angram Reservoir. After about 700m the track became a path through the coarse grass of the hillside and we continued around the hillside above the reservoir for another 600m to map ref. SE030760.

Looking across Angram Reservoir
Looking across Angram Reservoir

Dam & footbridge at the R. Nidd inlet
Dam & footbridge at the R. Nidd inlet

Pool at the R. Nidd inlet
Pool at the R. Nidd inlet

Path up from the R. Nidd inlet
Path up from the R. Nidd inlet

Canada Geese on the shore of Angram Reservoir
Canada Geese on the shore of Angram Reservoir

We climbed up the steep bank from the footbridge. At the top of the bank we followed a path around the two arms of the reservoir to a bridge over Stone Beck.

We crossed the arm of the reservoir on the narrow footbridge above a small dam. I think the dam is there to create a pond which acts as a silt trap before the water enters the reservoir.

Silt trap dam across the R. Nidd inlet
Silt trap dam across the R. Nidd inlet


Angram Reservoir from the Stone Beck inlet
Angram Reservoir from the Stone Beck inlet

Silt trap dam across the Stone Beck inlet to Angram Reservoir
Silt trap dam across the Stone Beck inlet to Angram Reservoir

The track by Angram Reservoir at the Stone Beck inlet
The track by Angram Reservoir at the Stone Beck inlet

Looking back along Sacar House Reservoir
Looking back along Scar House Reservoir

The whole route had been 10km and it had taken us a little over 3 hours to walk including our lunch stop at the north western end of the dam at Angram reservoir.

We crossed the bridge and climbed up to a track around the south eastern side of Angram reservoir. After about 1km we came to the south eastern end of the dam at map ref. SE044762. From here we followed the track above Scar House reservoir for about 2.5km back to the car park and the end of our walk.

Meadow pipet on a post by the path
Meadow pipit on a post by the path

Greylag geese on Scar House reservoir near the end of our walk
Greylag geese on Scar House reservoir near the end of our walk
Returning to the car park at Scar House Reservoir at the end of our walk.
Returning to the car park at Scar House Reservoir at the end of our walk.