West Scrafton, Caldbergh & Colsterdale

  • Explore the two dales of Coverdale & Colsterdale
  • High moorland walking on variable paths
  • Unusual views over Nidderdale

One of the great pleasures in walking the Yorkshire Dales is crossing the vast moors between the dales, rarely trodden and often remote, they then drop down in to a valley almost untouched by the modern world. This walk from the lower reaches of Coverdale and visiting Colsterdale is one such walk. I headed off with Mist and never saw a soul for 12 miles, although to be fair an error in navigation did put me on a moor that no self respecting person (or dog) should be on. Certainly the return trip over Masham Moor and the ‘Haws’ is not to be undertaken lightly with some of the marked paths intermittent at best. West Scrafton and Caldbergh are idyllic dales villages and a joy to walk through as is the quiet valley of Colsterdale, isolated farms and shooting huts the only buildings that are passed.

Recommend: The route offers two options at the top of Colsterdale, I took the longer detour towards South Haw for the views of Nidderdale (although the reservoirs are agonisingly out of sight) – the path that cuts south after Dawson House I cannot vouch for but it starts well enough.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. Yorkshire Dales North & Central Buy Map
Start Point: SE 074837. West Scrafton. Park in the village and head along the quiet road to Calbergh and the Red Way track.
Height to Climb: 449 ms (1,473 feet)
Terrain: The Red Way and the continuation path to Colsterdale is good but higher up near the head of Colsterdale and certainly near the Haws the paths are intermittent,. The land rover track at Little Haw is picked up on the return.
Eating & Drinking: Not a lot on the route but Middleham is a few miles away with a great choice of traditional pubs
Similar Walks Nearby: The Moors above Carlton
Gallops of Middleham
Penhill Beacon from West Witton
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