Dacre Pasture near Harrogate

  • A long day near Harrogate
  • Reservoirs, rivers and hidden villages
  • Peaceful walking needing good map work

A big expanse of countryside near Harrogate had been asked to be explored for a number of years. A hot summer’s day encouraged me to head off on a long day which linked Truscross Reservoir and the River Nidd south of Pateley Bridge. It is cracking countryside, mainly farmland but with hidden hamlets, sections of woodland, a great section of riverside walking, isolated farmsteads and a partial circuit of Thruscross Reservoir.

I would not wish to shorten the walk in any way so leave a full day for the walk. I personally enjoyed the hidden away village of Thornthwaite, tucked away in a steep valley but striding out over the higher farm lands was also enjoyable. Once you set your mind to a full day’s walking the mind relaxes and the pleasure is increased. The contrast with a previous day climbing Blencathra in the Lakes was immense but that is the joy of walking in the North of England.

Recommend: You will be out for a long while not all on clear paths. Take and be able to follow a map,

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Dacre Heights

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. Start at 297 but most of the walk is 298 Nidderdale 298Buy Now
Start Point: SE 155574. I started from Thuscross Reservoir for the walk and headed along the western banks. Access to the woods on the bank are 30 metres up the road from the dam.
Height to Climb: 655 ms (2150 feet)
Terrain: Everything but a good deal of walking on quiet lanes, indistinct paths and a section of the Nidderdale Way
Eating & Drinking: Heading off from Thruscross Reservoir means there is an option to break the walk up at Dacre or Darley Head, there is very little around Thruscross Reservoir.
Similar Walks Nearby: Discovering the River Nidd
Fewston & Swinsty Reservoirs
Countryside of Pateley Bridge
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