Smearsett Scar

Smearsett Scar

Smearsett Scar is the highest point of a long ridge of limestone between Little Stainforth in Ribblesdale and Austwick in Crummackdale.

Height (m): 363
Height (ft): 1191
Prominence (m): 136
Classification: HuMP
Hill No: 5315
Grid Ref: SD802678
OS Map OL2
No. of Visits 2

Although in itself not that high Smearsett Scar manages to attain 136m of prominence. The steep limestone slopes on its southern face are particularly dramatic, both from below and from above Stainforth on the opposite side of Ribblesdale.

Looking across Stainforth towards Smearsett Scar
Looking across Stainforth towards Smearsett Scar

The summit of Smearsett Scar is situated at the eastern of a mile long limestone ridge which also includes Pot Scar. Although there is no path marked on the map there is an easy and enjoyable walk along the edge of the scar. On Pot Scar can be found a large shelter cairn and a couple of smaller cairns.

Pot Scar from Smearsett Scar
Pot Scar from Smearsett Scar

The summit of Smearsett Scar is adorned with an Ordnance Survey trig point and a cairn on a limestone boulder. A few metres apart the trig point was built in 1949. The base of the cairn is slightly higher than the base of the trig point so that is technically the highest point.

The summit of Smearsett Scar
The summit of Smearsett Scar

The view is excellent with a fine panorama south that includes Pendle Hill round to the north Bowland fells. To the north Moughton can be well seen though the eye is more likely to be directed to either Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent.

Smearsett Scar from Sell Gill with Pendle Hill in the distance
Smearsett Scar from Sell Gill with Pendle Hill in the distance

Smearsett Scar can be reached via a steep detour from the Dales High Way which runs between Little Stainforth and Feizor. The easiest option is to leave the Dales High Way to follow the wall to the east of the top. Once the top of the wall is reached turn left and head up to the summit.

The steep crags of Smearsett Scar
The steep crags of Smearsett Scar

Perhaps a more gentler option is to do a similar detour from the path between Hargreaves Barn and Wharfe Wood. This runs just to the north of Smearsett Scar and can be combined with the Dales High Way for a short circular walk.

Smearsett Scar in winter
Smearsett Scar in winter

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