W7: Wensleydale Challenge – Leg 2 – Great and Little Whernside - new
Leave Station car park at 9.00am. Start at Scar House Reservoir car park (GR: SE070766) at 10.15am 11.5 Miles. Hard. £7 (£6 if all 6 stages booked)
Today we start in Nidderdale near to the dam wall of Scar House Reservoir. We follow the shores of this and Angram Reservoir before heading up the moor to Great Whernside at 2,309 feet. (Not be confused with ‘Whernside’ in The Yorkshire 3 Peaks). We follow the high ridge around to Little Whernside at 1,979 feet, with great views of Nidderdale on our right and Coverdale on the left. We soon pick up the track back to the reservoir shore, crossing the dam wall back to the Car Park.
W8: High Force and Low Force
Leave Station car park 9.00am. Start Bowlees Visitor Centre car park (GR: NY908282) at 10.00am. 8 Miles. Moderate. £7
Our walk takes us to Howick Scar, where the Whin Sill outcrop forms a steep sided valley, then west over Howick Moor with great views of the North Pennine fells, dotted with white farm buildings, and further evidence of the impressive outcrop of the Whin Sill, dissected at this point by the River Tees. We drop down to the river and follow the Pennine Way along the riverbank, passing the dramatic High Force waterfall before arriving at the more gentle Low Force waterfalls. Please note there are becks to be forded on this walk. After making our way back to Bowlees we should have plenty of time to stop off at the Visitor Centre to look at the displays and have a drink and a cake, or alternatively you may wish to wander up into the nature reserve and see picturesque waterfalls and Gibson’s Cave. There will be plenty of photo opportunities, so remember to bring the camera!
W9/9A: The Feldom Wander
Leave Station car park 9.15am. Start at Cordilleras Farm (GR: NZ096037) at 9.45am. 8.5 Miles. Moderate. £7
This walk continues to be popular, so if you are interested in joining it please book early. We have special access to the MOD Feldom Ranges land, rarely walked, a mixture of heather moorland, scattered woods and deep cut valleys. This is an Army training area, not otherwise known to the rambler, and rich in archaeological remains, including a fine Hill Fort with impressive views to the northern dales; and some of the best cup and ring stones in the area.
H1: Wenlock Wood - new
Start at the bus stops outside TESCO on Catterick Garrison (GR:SE 180 978) 10.15am 4.6 Miles. Easy. Free just turn up on the day.
This walk winds through the woods of Leadmill Gill before crossing over onto Catterick Golf Course. We climb the short ‘Heartbreak Hill’ watching out for golfers, before entering the MOD Wenlock Plantation. We venture out across the open training area on Scotton Moor, before returning to the golf course past the curious Druggon Hill.