Ivy Scar

Ivy Scar

Ivy Scar is, along with the likes of Ellerkin Scar and Great Wegber, one of a number of impressive limestone scars that look down on Wensleydale from the north.

Ivy Scar is situated between the small villages of Woodhall and Carperby and above the bridleway called Oxclose Road. It is also a prominent feature in views from the opposite side of the valley between Addlebrough and Pen Hill.

Ivy Scar from above Worton Scar
Ivy Scar from above Worton Scar

There is no path to or along the scar and technically it is not situated on access land. It is however easy to reach from a simple climb up from Oxclose Road just after it has crossed Eller Beck above Disher Force. An alternative route is to take the track from Peatmoor Lane leading up to the masts to the east of the scar. Just beyond the masts a gate in the wall provides access to Ivy Scar.

Looking east along Ivy Scar
Looking east along Ivy Scar

The walk along the rim of Ivy Scar is hugely enjoyable though care obviously needs to be taken due to the precipitous drops. Noticeable when looking down the rim are the pitted remains of lead mining activity that once took place at the foot of the crag.

Looking down at the mining remains below Ivy Scar
Looking down at the mining remains below Ivy Scar

The wider view of Wensleydale is also very good and extends from Pen Hill in the east as far as the hills above Hawes to the west. To the north the view is of the broad expanse of dark moorland that forms the watershed between Wensleydale and Swaledale.

Looking towards Pen Hill from above Ivy Scar
Looking towards Pen Hill from above Ivy Scar

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