The Moors over Masham offer an excellent walk on good tracks. The walk is quite long but the views are extensive, particularly in to Nidderdale. The reservoirs also add to the day.
I set off with Mist on an enjoyable on the moors over Masham. The walk starts at the twin reservoirs of Leighton and Roundhill before taking to the higher moors. The walking on the high plateau is superb with wide ranging views over the Vale of York but more particularly Upper Nidderdale. The dull weather soon gave way to early spring sunshine and with the grouse in full voice the miles just drifted past with the only distractions being a series of shooting lodges and old barns.
The classical U shaped valley of Upper Nidderdale gradually revealed itself in the brightening conditions with Scar House Reservoir and Great Whernside particularly prominent whilst the final views over Leighton towards Masham were an absolute delight…as was this walk as a whole.
Despite this being Access Land I could see no point whatsoever in leaving the main landrover tracks and take on the ferocious looking heather.
This is a walk when you may walk quicker than you normally do. The tracks are made for gamekeepers and are very good. On the timing you may normally walk at 3mph, on this walk in may be 3 1/2.
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