Sunday, 9th October 2016

Walk: Dales Way, Great Asby, Great Asby Scar, Crosby Garrett Fell, Nettle Hill
Start Point: Newbiggin-on-Lune Grid Reference: NY 703 053
Distance: 16.5 miles Ascent: 2,000 feet
Time: 7 hours

Sunny all day with clear views.


We followed the Dales Highway to Great Asby, a very picturesque village. On the way we visited two fantastic vantage points Great Kinmond and an unnamed point just its north. We then pressed on to Great Asby Scar where we stopped for morning coffee/tea. Great Asby Scar National Nature Reserve contains some of the best examples of limestone pavement in Britain. It was a delight to visit such a stunning Reserve with such an extensive limestone pavement packed with plant species that hide in it.

On our return from Great Asby we passed a very old building, Grange Hall, which had clearly been quite a place in its time before we all went to Potts!

Potts is an old derelict building in the Potts Beck valley. From here we set off on our adventure across Crosby Garrett Fell to the trig point on Nettle Hill. With no sign of any paths or tracks this is clearly a very infrequently visited summit and whilst the going was very strenuous as we slogged our way through grass hags two feet high, all our effort was rewarded with stunning views from the summit in all directions to the Lakes, Pennines, Yorkshire Dales and the Howgills.      

As we stopped for a group shot Pat is clearly having difficulty with her new rucksack

Still having problems

A group shot at last

As we cross Ravenstonedale Moor Great Asby Scar comes into view

Looking back to the Howgills

Great Kinmond

Karen and Pat nearing the summit

Views across Great Asby Scar

The unnamed cairn on great Asby Scar

Sheila stops to take in the views across Great Asby Scar

Looking across to two cairns on the Scar

We head off on our descent to Great Asby

Great Asby

We leave Great Asby heading south to . . .

Grange Hall

On our way to Potts

Dropping down to Potts with the Pennines in the distance

The wall marked our route up onto Crosby Garrett Fell

View along the Potts Beck valley with the Pennines in the distance

Yes, it was a steep climb

View across Crosby Garrett Fell

Heading off to the Nettle Hill

Nettle Hill trig point

View south to the Howgills

Almost there!

Group shot on Nettle Hill

At last we reach a track at the bottom of Crosby Garrett Fell

A short road walk back to Newbiggin-on-Lune

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