In accordance with government guidance, our recreational sites and car parks remain open during the national lockdown for people to exercise locally. We ask that you follow the latest guidance to help keep yourself, our key workers and others safe. In the current lockdown this includes:
If you do plan to visit, we continue to request that you are respectful of our sites, staff members, other visitors and local communities:
All of our toilet facilities are currently closed so please be mindful of this when visiting.
Please note, this route is only easy inclusive access between points 1 and 2 and points 1 and 5 where it follows wide, surfaced tracks with no steps or stiles and a gentle incline. Between points 2 and 5, the walk is hilly, unsurfaced and can be boggy in places. However, the views from Scar House and Angram Dams are spectacular.
Situated at the head of Nidderdale, this often wild yet beautiful area can be explored using this circular route around the water. Scar House Reservoir is remote and peaceful and surrounded by impressive scenery. Along this route you can also admire the impressive architecture of the neighbouring Angram Reservoir, with its dramatic arches across the spillway which flows into Scar House.
Near Middlesmoor in Nidderdale, north of Pateley Bridge
3 out of 4
Terrain & Gradient
A mixture of rough, uneven tracks, tarmac roads and moorland paths. Some sections cna get muddy and boggy at wetter times of the year. There are some steep climbs. Sturdy boots, waterproofs and appropriate warm layers are recommended, as this is an exposed area where the weather can quickly change.
How To Get There
By car: This route starts from our free ca park (point 1), which is near the end of the reservoir dam and does not have a height barrier. To get here, follow Yorkshire Water's private tarmac access road which turns off to the right about 100 metres after Lofthouse village when driving towards Middlesmoor. To get to Lofthouse Village from Pateley Bridge, follow Low Wath Road for about 7 miles.
From Masham: follow Fearby Road, which becomes Keld Bank and passes through Healey and Leighton. After Leighton Reservoir, Keld Bank becomes Pott Bank, then Pott Moor High Road, then Trapping Hill before entering Lofthouse Village, about 10 miles from Masham. Take a right at the T-junction, then look out for the Yorkshire Water access road on the right after about 10m.
By public transport: There is a bus stop on Saddleworth Rd/Church Lane which is 0.8 miles from the Western side of the reservoir.
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