Need an easier walk?
We try to make our reservoirs as accessible as possible. The route between points 1 and 2 and points 1 and 5 on the guide, have 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.You can find our more by reading our walk guide.
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 can get muddy and boggy at wetter times of 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
This route starts from our free car park (Point 1 on the walk guide), which is near the end of the reservoir dam and does not have a height barrier. To get here, follow our 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.
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 150m.
By public transport
Nidderdale DalesBus 821 runs to Scar House Reservoir from Keighley, Otley and Pateley Bridge on Summer Sundays and Bank Holidays.
To keep everyone happy and safe, please:
- follow government guidance
- don’t swim
- take your litter home
- stick to the path
- keep your dog on a lead
- clean up after your dog
- don’t light fires or BBQs.