The Orton and Great Asby Scar walk in the Yorkshire Dales

East from Orton to the Stone Circle on Knots Lane, followed by a climb to the summit of Knott. North-east over Asby Winderwath Common to Great Asby, then a U-turn to head south to Whitestones on the Dales High Way. Finally south-west via Sunbiggin to Raisbeck and west back to Orton. A 12-mile walk in the Yorkshire Dales.


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Mark and I at the summit of Knott, height 412 metres (1352 feet).


Using the wall to guide us from the Knott summit back to the public bridleway on Great Asby Scar.

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Limestone pavement on Great Asby Scar. During glaciation, ice scraped away the topsoil to reveal the bare rock underneath. Rainwater, which is a weak carbonic acid, then started to dissolve the limestone.

This process of chemical weathering widened and deepened the cracks to form grykes and left exposed blocks called clints. Limestone pavement is common in the Yorkshire Dales.


Following the bridleway across Asby Winderwath Common.

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The Dales High Way near Maisongill, south of Great Asby. On the horizon are the hills and mountains of the North Pennines.


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