to see a map of the start location.)
Waterboard road between Lofthouse and Scar House reservoir in Nidderdale in North Yorkshire.
GR SE 099 735, OS Sheet 99.
Usual to start at Lofthouse.
The return trip is 14km.
Good surface, minor road.
Cattle grid 1km from reservoir. Road rises steeply between there and the reservoir, so suitable to ski up but take great care on the way down. The road can get busy with tourists, depending on the time of the year. Sometimes mud/gravel in places on road.
Car park in lay-by at start near to the start of the waterboard road and at the reservoir. Toilets at the reservoir car park. An excellent cafe at How Stean Gorge at the village of Stean, 1km from the start.
A gradual incline, excellent for a steady workout. Spectacular scenery. Traffic free skiing on the reservoir dam, good for tuition.
Yorkshire Dales Cross Country Ski Club