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Beacon Hill to Scaling Reservoir

  • High Moorland Walking
  • Visit shores of Scaling Reservoir
  • Great views from Beacon Hill


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Lealholm  is one of many pretty villages in the Esk Valley and so I was inspired to try and cross the moor and walk the banks of Scaling Reservoir. There is a steep climb on to the moors and easy walking on the eastern leg. Before long Scaling Reservoir came in to view, a lovely patch of water that is owned by Northumbrian Water but made open for fishermen and nature lovers both. Turning south to return over the moors I made a bee line for the Beacon. I soon lost the track as I headed too far to the east but picked up a land rover track hat helped. The Beacon was splendid and the walk back in to Lealholm revealing great views of the Esk Valley

Recommend: This is an area that is tricky to navigate on. The bridleways that are marked are intermittant at best and difficult to follow, there are plenty of landrover tracks though and with the Beacon as a landmark linking these tracks is the best way to cross the moor,

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL27 North York Moors East Buy Map
Start Point: NZ 762078. Park in Lealholm near the bridge and head north along the winding road out of the village.
Height to Climb: 278 ms (912 feet)
Terrain: Very mixed, some of the tracks are excellent and provide quick walking but some of the bridleways are very difficult to follow
Eating & Drinking: The Board Inn is a a very pleasant pub and there are 2 excellent cafes in Lealholm
Similar Walks Nearby: Moors over Glaisdale
Villages of the Esk Valley
The Fryup Dales
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