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At the beginning of the 20th century three great dams were built across the infant river Nidd in Nidderdale. They were to provide much needed water to the growing city of Bradford 30 odd miles away.

They are immense, and made of beautiful dressed stone (unlike the concrete monstrosity at Thruscross reservoir built 30 years later).

I had been there previously, but wanted to bring Mackenzie – the 9yr old grandson and my ‘best walking buddy’, and we had planned to do a circuit of the top reservoir – and maybe, if time permitted both of them.

We crossed the main dam – Scar House, and got to the other side. It was a bit muddy, and after a game of skimming pebbles across the water we carried on. The place is gorgeous, with the mountains in the distance across the reservoir, and we had the place to ourselves. Just how we like it.

As we progressed, route finding became a bit difficult, possibly due to the fact that the path had somehow disappeared, and instead of turning right at a clump of trees we carried on and followed the reservoir upstream to the next big dam – Angram, which we could see in the distance.

Eventually we came to some old works, I guess we weren’t supposed to be here, but we followed some large pipes across the reservoir and onto the bottom of the dam.

Then back across Angram dam and then the long road back to Scar House and the car.

It is just a gorgeous part of the world, and we both had a good hike and enjoyed each other’s company – and that’s what is is all about!

 

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