8 Of The Best Reservoir Walks In Yorkshire You Need To Try

8 Of The Best Reservoir Walks In Yorkshire You Need To Try

It’s sometimes easy to forget the stunning scenery that sits in Yorkshire waiting to be explored. The UK’s largest county is full of endless beauty from nice flat walks to trekking though the wilderness. And, we’ve put together the best reservoir walks in Yorkshire for you to enjoy.

Turn off Netflix, leave those tablets at home and get your walking boots on. From the Pennines to the Yorkshire Dales there are some fantastic reservoir walks where you can enjoy what nature has to offer.

1. Swinsty Reservoir

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Nestled in the Yorkshire Dales’ Washburn Valley, Swinsty reservoir along with Fewston reservoir walks offers some breathtaking views across. It’s a popular site for visitors looking for a gentle stroll along the reservoir paths and through the nearby fields and woodlands.

The embankment near the River Washburn is especially a popular spot with stunning views and well worth a visit this summer.

2. Grimwith Reservoir – Reservoir Walks Yorkshire

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Surrounded by heather moorland, this beautiful reservoir walk is around 4 miles and lets you take in some amazing views of the Grimwith Reservoir area. If you’re a budding photographer, there are plenty of opportunities to catch some beautiful snaps of the panoramic views, rolling hills and sailboats that glide across the water.

There are some steep inclines to be aware of, but it is quite an enjoyable walk, especially when the boats are sailing on the reservoir.It’s near the village of Applewick, so why not look at staying at the beautiful Mason’s Campsite, which you can read more about here.

3. Eccup Reservoir

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Looking for a reservoir walk in Yorkshire, then this route located on the outskirts of Leeds which can be linked up to Meanwood Valley Trail it follows the Dales link Way across Sandmoor Golf Course through idyllic countryside and takes around two hours to complete depending on how much you stop off to enjoy the nature along the way.

4. Agden Reservoir

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Complete back in 1869, Agden sits above Damflask Reservoir and has a public footpath that leads from Windy Bank around the north end of the reservoir on mostly flat paths. Ageden Bog is a Sheffield and Rotherham Widllife Trust Reserve that sits north of the reservoir.

site is a classic example of an ancient landscape, featuring birds like nightjar, spotted flycatcher, willow warbler, bullfinch, siskin, lesser redpoll and common sandpiper You can head to Low Bradfield and High Bradfield for a bevvie and some food after.

Read More: 12 Of The Best Walks In Yorkshire To Try

5. Fewston Reservoir

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On the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, this Yorkshire reservoir walk is a short four miles and offers beautiful surroundings. Walk alongside the water and through the woods and take in the unobstructed views of the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales.

6. Cod Beck Reservoir, Osmotherly – Reservoir Walks Yorkshire

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Located above the pictureqsue town of Osmotherley in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park this Yorkshire reservoir walk is surrounded by a beautiful woodland along with a moorland that is a SSSI.

You can enjoy plenty of wildlife in the area including brown trout, grayling, bullhead, eel and more found in the body of water. The circular path is a nice east walk with just a small incline and decline to navigate.

7. Thruscross Reservoir

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Sitting pretty within beautiful Nidderdale, Thruscross Reservoir is unsuspectingly beautiful at first glance, just like the rest of our counties gorgeous water spots. But what makes it truly unique? The fact that a whole village lurks underneath its waters.

Once known as West End, the village was formerly home to around six houses right before it became submerged, with locals describing it as a ‘ghost town’ even way back in the early 1900s.

8. Scar House & Angram Reservoir – Reservoir Walks Yorkshire

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Take in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales scenery with Scar House reservoir walk. Highlights include the beautiful dam at Scar House which is great for some snaps. The loop trail is not too far from harrogate so you can head for a nice drink and some food in the beautiful town after you’ve had your workout hiking in the countryside.

Read More: 14 Of The Best And Most Scenic River Walks In Yorkshire

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