The Middlesmoor and Little Whernside walk in Nidderdale

North-east from Middlesmoor to the River Nidd at Thrope Farm, then north and west along the Nidderdale Way to Scar House Reservoir. Continuing west via Carle Fell Road, climbing to and returning from the summit of Little Whernside, then crossing the Angram Reservoir dam. Finally east past Scar House Reservoir and below Woodale Scar, then south back to Middlesmoor. A 15-mile walk in Nidderdale.


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A slightly misty but very calm early morning in Nidderdale.


The route from Middlesmoor to the River Nidd.


Friendly sheep on Thrope Farm.


The young River Nidd.


Following the Nidderdale Way.


The view west over the Nidderdale valley.


Looking back over Nidderdale towards Lofthouse Moor (left) and In Moor (right).


Looking west towards Scar House Reservoir. The reservoir dam can just be seen.


Approaching Scar House Reservoir on the Nidderdale Way.

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Scar House Reservoir dam.


The view from the north-east corner of Scar House Reservoir towards Great Whernside.


Scar House Reservoir from Carle Fell Road (Track).


Carle Fell Road (Track).


The view towards the south-west tip of Scar House Reservoir. The dam of Angram Reservoir is now visible. Beyond Angram is Great Whernside and the source of the River Nidd.


My route to the top of Little Whernside.


Boggy ground and deep snow drifts on the approach to Little Whernside. This was hard going.


The foggy summit of Little Whernside, height 604 meters (1982 feet). No views from here today!

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Slippery underfoot on the way back down from Little Whernside.


Angram Reservoir dam.


Angram Reservoir overflow, which fills Scar House Reservoir.


Tower on Angram Reservoir dam.


Scar House Reservoir.


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