Smearsett Scar, Yorkshire Dales Walks In North Yorkshire, England, UK
Smearsett Scar, Yorkshire Dales Walks was about 3.25 miles in distance. The terrain of the route was a mix of tracks, quiet lanes and pathless routes with one short steep ascent and about 12 stiles.
This was an adventurous little climb to the summit of Smearsett Scar, which at 363 metre high, provide some of the best views in the Yorkshire Dales. Indeed you can get a fabulous 360 degrees panorama. Starting from the view of Pen-y-ghent and turning clockwise you can see Fountains Fell, Stainforth, Stalnforth Scar, Attermire Scar, Warrendale Knotts, Settle, Pendle Hill, the Forest of Bowland, Pot Scar, Ingleborough, Moughton, and Horton-in-Ribblesdale.
Starting in Stainforth, leg one headed westwards on roads and lanes to Stainforth Force waterfall on the River Ribble then through Little Stainforth; then turned north west on tracks and paths and over stiles to just south of and beneath Smearsett Scar.
Leg two went north east around Smearsett Scar edge then north west up the side to the trig point on the summit. After enjoying excellent views the leg went north east towards Pen-y-ghent, skirting scree and going over a field to a wall stile.
To complete the walk the third and final leg headed south east, following a path over fields and stiles then along a walled grassy farm lane to a road; then turned right, south east on the road back to Little Stainforth before retracing earlier steps eastwards via Stainforth Force waterfall again and going back to Stainforth.
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Smearsett Scar, Yorkshire Dales Walks Route
The Smearsett Scar, Yorkshire Dales Walks route was circular in an clockwise direction with three legs.
This first leg headed westwards on roads and lanes over the River Ribble, visiting Stainforth Force waterfall then going through Little Stainforth; then turning north west over tracks, paths and stiles to a wall south of and beneath Smearsett Scar.
- We left the car park and returned to the main road, Stainforth Road, turning right to the north west.
- We crossed over the road and went down the first lane turning on our left, Dog Hill Brow, crossing over the railway and descend to a packhorse bridge over the River Ribble.
- If you have time like we did, visit Stainforth Force waterfall a little way from the bridge, by turning left through a squeeze-step-stile on the left just after the bridge and return to the lane.
- We continued along the lane and on reaching a crossroads in Little Stainforth, we went straight on uphill, onto a track, through one gate and on up to a second gate.
- Here we went over a squeeze-step-stile with gate to the left of the gate and then went right, following the track uphill.
- Heading eastwards, the track became less distinct as we gained height.
- Having turned a little north east we aimed for and crossed, a ladder-stile to the right of a gate (also just left of a step-stile).
- We continued ahead to the north east, following the path and rising a little more.
- As the ground levelled out Smearsett Scar came into view over the rise.
- We continued ahead on the path heading for and crossing, a ladder-stile over a wall in the far left corner, which met another wall coming down from Smearsett Scar on the right.
Having walked about 1.5 mile to this point, the second leg headed north east around the edge of Smearsett Scar before turning north west up the side to the trig point on the summit. After taking in the fabulous views the leg headed towards Pen-y-ghent to the north east, skirting scree and crossing a field to a stile in a wall.
- After crossing the ladder-stile we turned right to follow the wall, which then turned right towards Smearsett Scar, leading to another ladder-stile, which we crossed and continued alongside the wall on our right, uphill.
- At the highest point of the wall we turned left, without an identifiable path, to ascend the steep grassy slope to the trig point on the summit of Smearsett Scar.
- After marvelling in the views, we started to descend by heading towards Pen-y-ghent to the north east, skirting the scree.
- As we descended north east over a field we headed for a ladder-stile in the wall on our right.
Having travelled about 1.75 miles, the third and final leg turned south east on a path over fields and stiles then along a walled farm lane to reach a road; then turning right, south east along the road back to Little Stainforth and retracing earlier steps eastwards, visiting Stainforth Force waterfall a second time before returning to Stainforth.
- We crossed the ladder-stile and headed straight across the next field, aiming for a distant barn.
- We crossed a ladder-stile over a wall, turned left along a wall to continue heading for the barn in the next field, then crossed another ladder-stile into a third field.
- In this field we followed the left field edge beside the wall to cross another ladder-stile to the right of a gate into a fourth field.
- Again following the left edge and wall, bending round to the left to a gate, just before the barn which was behind trees, we entered a grassy walled lane.
- We followed this short lane to emerge through a gate onto a road and turned right.
- Following this road led us back to the crossroads we passed earlier on the walk.
- At the crossroads in Little Stainforth we turned left down Dog Hill Brow and retraced our outward bound steps back to car park in Stainforth.
- We followed the lane back to the bridge over the River Ribble. If you have time like we did on a glorious sunny day, have lunch beside Stainforth Force waterfall a little way from the bridge, by turning right through a squeeze-step-stile on the right just before the bridge and return to the lane.
- We continued back along the lane over the river bridge, over the railway bridge, turning right along the main road, then second left back to the car park in Stainforth.
When Done & With Whom
I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on an Ingleton hiking holiday during April 2012. This was the last day of the holiday and before going home we drove from our holiday accommodation in Ingleton, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire to the starting location of Stainforth, Yorkshire Dales. We parked in a pay and display car park in Stainforth by the side of the Stainforth Road at grid reference SD821673, which was also the start location of the hike.