Yorkshire’s beaches are the perfect place to chill out this summer, but if you happen to not live along the coast then a trip to the beach can be a right drive. Not if you live near Leeds though as Gaddings Dam is real sand and water beach just a short drive away.
Found above Todmorden, on top of the hill not too far from the Pennine Way, Gaddings Dam was originally built in 1833 to supply water to the mill towns below but is now a fantastic inland beach.
Otherwise known as Todmorden beach or Tod Beach, the dam due to its shallow nature, the water heats to a decent temperature in the summer sun, but it can also be rather cold due to the high altitude. It’s served as a hidden gem for locals and visitors that are lucky enough to be in the know.
The residents all purchased the reservoir and worked hard to repair it, so make sure that you respect the area if you plan to visit.
And because it is relatively shallow the water heats to a comfortable temperature when there’s sufficient sun. Whilst having fun at Gaddings Beach just be aware of the rocks below so don’t dive in the water.
Its soft and sandy stretch of beach and beautiful views make it one of the best wild swimming spots in the North.
Make sure you bring sturdy boots as it is a steep hike on a rough path to reach the dam, and make sure you bring waterproofs as the weather can turn very quickly. To get to Gaddings Dam you have to walk and the most common trail is from Shepherd’s Rest Inn on Lumbutts Road.
Find out more information here before visiting.
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