Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Scar's Beauty Spot; Middlesmoor and Scar House Distance: 6' Miles

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Scar's Beauty Spot; Middlesmoor and Scar House Distance: 6' Miles

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Byline: Bob Woodhouse

Bob Woodhouse reports: THE RUGGED beauty of Upper Nidderdale is to be seen on all sides along the route that links the village of Middlesmoor with Scar House Reservoir.

Starting from the public car park at the top end of the village, we turn right up the road and soon pass the grey walls of Cock Pit Barn on the right.

We continue between stone walls as the roadway rises towards a wooden field gate, and catch sight of a line of butts along on our left.

The reservoir is ahead as our route bends downhill to reach the edge of the water, where we turn right along a tarmac roadway.

There are plaques with details of construction work between 1921 and 1936 on side posts before we cross the barrage and bear diagonally left up the hillside.

The buildings of Scar House are on our right before we turn right on the Nidderdale Way.

Our track rises to pass through two wooden field gates before running along a level stretch and, after another field gate, the Firth Plantation is prominent on our right.

After a left hand bend, the trackway dips down to cross a plank bridge and then runs up a steep slope.

We soon cross a beck and continue up the slope but, before the next field gate, we turn right down the slope.

The buildings of Low Woodale are prominent on lower ground as we head towards the next field gate.

A right hand bend takes us downhill and through two wood field gates before we turn left on the higher route that leads us through two more gates and directly ahead past New Houses Edge Farm.

Continuing ahead along the wide track, we pass Edge Barn (on the right) before rising gently past a building below on our right.

We then keep to the lower route past Bracken Bridge and, after a metal field gate, our track bends to the right and runs gently downhill. …

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