Classic Ride 143 – Scar House Loop, Nidderdale

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A truly Classic day out with big views, plenty of miles, and legendary Scotch eggs. Words & Photography Barney Marsh The Yorkshire Dales have been, of course, extensively covered in the Singletrack Worlds of yore, but Nidderdale has largely been left off the list. Sure, there are mentions here and there, but, for the most part, dropping Nidderdale into the deep black pool of Singletrackian knowledge yields only the barest ripple – followed perhaps by a slight sigh.  Why could this be? Perhaps it’s insufficiently northern sounding, compared to Garsdale, or the magnificently Yorkshire Skegdale? Perhaps, to some ears, the...

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  • Classic Ride 143 – Scar House Loop, Nidderdale
  • Jordan
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    Practicaly on my doorstep but never ridden there to my shame. Always planned to do a route over the hill from Coverdale but never got round to it.

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    If you do Jordan, do the bit by the caravan park, lead mines and through to Greenhow Hill the other way round.

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    rode it a few years ago, the descent to scarhouse was fun, but alot was just rubble track, nothing exciting,
    popped over to horsehouse, which was meant to be a good sidetrip, it had been sanitised.

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