Scales Moor

Scales Moor

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.

Limestone pavement on Scales Moor
Limestone pavement on Scales Moor

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.

Pothole on Scales Moor looking towards Ingleborough
Pothole on Scales Moor looking towards Ingleborough

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.

The large limestone boulder called the 'Obelisk'
The large limestone boulder called the ‘Obelisk’

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