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Yorkshire Dales Walks

Hebden Beck & Mossy Moor

Date: 17th October 2015
Distance: 4.0 miles
Ascent: 720 feet
Time: 2 hours 20 mins
With: On my own
Start Grid Ref: SE026631

Walk Summary:
A nice little walk featuring Scar Haw Force, one of my favourite beck side paths and a moorland reservoir.

Route Summary: Hebden - Scale Haw Force - Hole Bottom - Bolton Gill - Mossy Moor Reservoir - Scar Top House - Hebden

Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.

Hebden Beck
Looking down at Scale Haw Force
Scale Haw Force
Another view of Scale Haw Force
The lovely little bridge crossing Hebden Beck
Lovely autumn colours alongside Hebden Beck
Care Scar
Continuing on along Hebden Beck
Some ruined mine buildings alongside Hebden Beck
At the foot of Bolton Gill
Heather burning on New Pasture Edge
Looking back down Bolton Gill
Mossy Moor Reservoir with Great Pockstones and Simon's Seat in the far distance
The stony shore of Mossy Moor Reservoir
Thorpe Fell
Care Scar
The view down to Hole Bottom from just below Care Scar
Back at the footbridge over Hebden Beck near Nanny Spout
Hebden Beck running along the back of some houses in Hebden Beck
Hebden in the autumn

Walk Detail: After recent visits to the likes of Aysgill Force, Cotter Force, Hardraw Force and Scaleber Force I was keen to go out and find some more waterfalls. Having only a short window of opportunity for a walk I scoured the map for somewhere fairly close to home. Spotting the presence of a Nanny Spout and a couple of other marked waterfalls on Hebden Beck I was intrigued as I couldn't recall any waterfalls from my previous walks in that area.

I arrived in Hebden at around lunchtime, just as the morning cloud was beginning to show signs of breaking up. Immediately I set off upstream on the minor road leading to Hole Bottom. Within minutes I arrived at the signpost pointing down to a footbridge which, according to the map, Nanny Spout should be located. The footbridge was present and correct but despite tramping up and down the side of the beck I couldn't find a waterfall.

Somewhat disappointed I continued on until I reached the next footpath sign pointing back down to the beck which I followed to go in search of the waterfall below Scale Haw. A steep scramble down a grassy bank and a careful walk upstream on some slippery rocks brought me to Scale Haw Force, a delightful waterfall which more than compensated for the missing Nanny Spout.

After taking numerous photos of the waterfall I scrambled back up the bank to continue heading upstream on the track. Shortly after Hole Bottom this crossed over the beck via a small bridge to continue on its way, this time below the gritstone outcrops of Care Scar, to reach the ruins of some old mine buildings.

Continuing on I turned off the main path to head up Bolton Gill to visit the spoil heaps and mining remains at the top of the gill. From there I next took the public footpath contouring below Bolton Haw Side on to Mossy Moor where I made the small diversion to visit Mossy Moor Reservoir. A former mining reservoir it is a lovely little stretch of water.

From Mossy Moor Reservoir I continued on until reaching the house at Bank Top from where I took the steep path descending back down past Care Scar to reach the footbridge I'd visited earlier during my search for Nanny Spout. Turning left here to follow a path on the east bank downstream it only took a few minutes to get back to Hebden.

This was a lovely little walk which was enhanced by the autumn colours on display. Scale Haw Force was a cracking little waterfall and is definitely one 'll go back to. As for Nanny Spout it seemed that my assumption that it would be a waterfall was wrong. Having looked into it further on the internet it seems that Nanny Spout is in fact a small spring that flows into the beck. I can't even recall seeing a spring and it is quite possible after a fairly dry autumn that the spring had in fact dried up.

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