High Moors over Masham

  • High level walking over grouse moors
  • Views over Nidderdale and the Vale of York
  • Easy walking on good tracks

I set off with Mist on this truly excellent walk near Masham which starts via 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.

Recommend: Despite this being Access Land I could see no point whatsoever in leaving the main landrover tracks and take on the ferocious looking heather.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. 298 Nidderdale Buy Now
Start Point: SE157787. There is some parking on the banks of Leighton Reservoir before the bridge. Walk along the road carrying on when it turns steeply north and up hill.
Height to Climb: 291 ms (954 feet)
Terrain: Excellent clear tracks throughout, even the final tarmac section has sensitive borders!
Eating & Drinking: There is nowhere to eat or drink enroute, best take a picnic and return to Masham
Similar Walks Nearby: West Scrafton, Caldbergh & Colsterdale
Hackfall Woods from Masham
Discovering the Upper Nidd
Places to Stay:


Park House, Jervaulx AbbeyThe Moorhouse, Dallowgill


Thorpe Cottage, Masham