Walk Report: Great Asby Scar

Date: 30th May 2009
Stats: 13.5 miles, 1400 feet
Weather: Fine and sunny all day
Trig Points: 1: TP5518 – Powson Knott
Wainwrights: N/A
Other Info: Plenty of free parking at disused quarry, Orton Scar NY628099, no toilets
Summary: Orton Scar, Beacon Hill, Castle Folds, Great Kinmond, Mazon Wath, Ravenstonedale Moor, Sunbiggin, Scar Side, Orton Scar

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Today I was doing some research for the Walking Places web site – looking at alternative routes to the Coast to Coast path – actually investigating how navigable Wainwright’s original route across Great Asby Scar would be, now that it’s all open access. I then used the published route to return to the car.

Great Asby Scar from Orton
Loads of car park space here, just below Orton Scar

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The C2C route cuts across the moor in the left of shot – Crosby Ravensworth Fell and meets the road the lorry is on

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Heading for the Victoria Jubilee monument on Orton Scar, a fine landmark

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Limestone outcrops on Orton Scar

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The Jubilee monument on Orton Scar

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This rickety old stil and gate takes you across the moor to Castle Folds

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Much new signing is in evidence, now that the fell is open access – bodes well for C2C walkers who wants to stray somewhat.

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Castle Folds settlement – not much to look at, but the limestone pavement here about is some of the most extensive I have seen anywhere

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Huge expanses of limestone pavement stretch off in all directions

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Even more limestone pavement

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Sunbiggin Tarn

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Rejoining the C2C path – the alternative route is quite do-able in my opinion

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Sunbiggin Tarn

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The buildings at Mazon Wath, one of the two ways of getting round Sunbiggin Tarn

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Ravenstonedale Moor is the other way of coming round Sunbiggin Tarn

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Ravenstonedale Moor

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The road by Sunbiggin Tarn, familiar to most C2C walkers

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Summer flowers in the meadows beside the more usual C2C path – Howgills in the distance

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The C2C path most people tread, across the fields between Scarside and Sunbiggin Farms

Great Asby Scar from Orton
The car park is still empty when I get back

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2 thoughts on “Walk Report: Great Asby Scar”

  1. I got somewhat lost on Great Asby Scar last May during a walk from Huddersfield to Keswick. http://www.huddersfield-keswick.blogspot.com Following the C to C using AW’s guide and an old Landranger OS 91 map. I was doing the trip on a shoestring so had not invested in the newer C to C maps and guides.
    I’m planning on repeating this trip in a couple of weeks so thought I’d take a look on the interweb. It seems AW’s original traverse of the scar has been re-routed.
    I really like your web site. Thank you.
    Regards, fellow lone walker (plus dog)

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