Scales Moor is a broad limestone plateau at the southern end of the long ridge that is crowned by the summit of Whernside.
Scales Moor has been described by Stephen Oldfield, in his A Three Peaks Up and Under blog, as ‘Britain’s greatest limestone pavement’. It is an assessment that I would certainly agree.
Remarkably the limestone delights of Scales Moor are much less well known than places such as Malham Cove. A wander around Scales Moor is likely to be a fairly lonely one, on my visit I only saw two other people.
The limestone pavement is vast and an exploration of it uncovers a number of other interesting features including numerous small potholes as well as large isolated limestone boulders. There are even a few erratics to be found, non-limestone rocks that have been deposited on the limestone by glacial action.