Dine Holm Scar

Dine Holm Scar

Dine Holm Scar is a heavily quarried hill in Teesdale and is named after the rocky flank that rises steeply above the River Tees.

Height (m): 414
Height (ft): 1358
Prominence (m): 45
Classification: Four
Hill No: 16374
Grid Ref: NY867284
OS Map OL19, OL31
No. of Visits 1

Dine Holm Scar is the highest point of a hill above a bend in the River Tees just above High Force. There are two distinct tops on the fell, Dine Holm Scar itself, and High Knott which is 1m lower and a third of a mile to the north.

Dine Holm Scar from High Knott
Dine Holm Scar from High Knott

In addition to old quarry workings below High Knott the hill is the site of a major working quarry. Force Garth Quarry was opened in 1932 and is a major provider of building materials throughout Northern England. Whinstone rock is quarried from the site and produces between 250,000 to 300,000 tonnes a year. The quarry can be well seen from the path heading upstream from High Force on the opposite side of the River Tees. Another good viewpoint for the quarry (if that is your kind of thing) is the bridleway climbing over Whiteholm Bank.

Force Garth Quarry from Whiteholm Bank
Force Garth Quarry from Whiteholm Bank

Dine Holm Scar can be bagged by a fairly short walk from the road. A track at NY873291 leaves the road and passes below an old quarry. Just above where the path drops down to the farm at Hill End a gate gives access to High Knott. You can then reach Dine Holm Scar by following the outside of the fence high above the River Tees. The going is a bit rough underfoot but the views of the River Tees and the scattered community of Forest-in-Teesdale are excellent.

The small grassy mound on the summit of Dine Holm Scar
The small grassy mound on the summit of Dine Holm Scar

The summit is a small grassy mound in an area of patchy heather. The view of the main range of hills on either side of Teesdale is extensive and includes the likes of Westernhope Moor, Fendrith Hill, Three Pikes and Bink Moss. The finest view from Dine Holm Scar though is to the north of the summit looking down at the River Tees.

The view of the River Tees to the north of the summit
The view of the River Tees to the north of the summit

Visiting Dine Holm Scar on its own is quite a short walk. I visited it as a detour on part of a longer walk over Cronkley Fell and back along the River Tees.

Dine Holm Scar from the Pennine Way above Bracken Rigg
Dine Holm Scar from the Pennine Way above Bracken Rigg

Dine Holm Scar Walks

29th April 2018 – Distance: 9.5 miles: Forest-in-Teesdale – Low Knott – High Knott – Dine Holm Scar – High Knott – Cronkley – Birk Rigg – Thistle Green – River Tees – High House – Wat Garth – Forest-in-Teesdale.
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