Ellerkin Scar

Ellerkin Scar

Ellerkin Scar is one of the highest and most impressive of the numerous limestone scars that look down on Wensleydale from the north.

Ellerkin Scar is situated high above Askrigg, just to the east of the Askrigg to Grinton road. There are no public rights of way along the top of the scar but it sits on access land and can be reached fairly easily from high up on the road.

Ellerkin Scar from Low Straights Lane
Ellerkin Scar from Low Straights Lane

For those adventurous enough to venture off the paths then Ellerkin Scar is a must. Indeed of all the limestone scars in Wensleydale, from Leyburn Shawl to High Clint, I would rate Ellerkin Scar as my favourite.

Enjoying the view of Wensleydale from Ellerkin Scar
Enjoying the view of Wensleydale from Ellerkin Scar

The walk along the substantial limestone edge is a classic with superb views of Wensleydale combined with some dizzying views down the cliff edge. It should go without saying that care must be taken and it is probably best not to take children up there.

Looking along the top of Ellerkin Scar
Looking along the top of Ellerkin Scar

Towards the eastern end of the scar a small cairn on a limestone bump marks the highest point. To the north there is a strong contrast with the gritstone rocks of nearby Greets Edge. A bit further east a break in the crags allows for a steep descent on grass to Broomber from where it is easy to join the Woodhall to Heugh bridleway.

By the cairn on the highest point of Ellerkin Scar
By the cairn on the highest point of Ellerkin Scar

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