Where is this walk?

A walk in the Upper Nidd

June 8, 2019

The Upper Nidd is a remote part of the Yorkshire Dales. Transformed for the two attractive reservoirs the walk is surrounded by wild moorland. However the tracks are excellent and it is a thoroughly enjoyable day out.

The Walk

I had never taken a walk in the Upper Nidd despite living nearby for 15 years. Officially outside the National Park (An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) Nidderdale is in reality a great undiscovered wilderness. The word that comes to my mind about Upper Nidderdale is ‘openness’, the panoramas and vistas appear vast and there are no steep hills to spoil the view. It is true however that there is not a lot to see, particularly towards the upper reaches of Angram and Scar House Reservoirs but I treated this as a walk with a difference and certainly was not disappointed. Sadly my overriding memory of this walk was being attacked by an angry pheasant and dive bombed by some gulls at Scar House, something I have not encountered before!

The walk in the Upper Nidd is long but I think it is important to walk up the reservoirs to judge for yourself the impact on the environment and also to take the high bridleway under Dale Edge to enjoy the vastness of this area rather than the more cluttered valley bottom which the Nidderdale Way follows. Finally the names are great; crossing Woo Gill and Trizzling Gill is only surpassed by Dead Man’s Hill (where the bodies of 3 tinkers were discovered….headless). All in all a very enjoyable and educational day.


Visit How Stean Gorge near Middlesmoor which has some exceptional rock scenery in a deep gorge. It is unusual for the Dales.

Navigational Tips in the Upper Nidd

Do not venture any further than the west end of Angram Reservoir. The moors between here and the heights of Great Whernside are the wettest and bleakest in the Yorkshire Dales.

1 Comment
  • Steve says:

    The picture you have entitled ‘protecting her young’, on the walk from Middlesmoor, shows a male pheasant.

    Perhaps you should change the title or describe it as ‘a future lunch’.



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