5 Of The Most Scenic Reservoir Walks To Enjoy In The Yorkshire Dales

5 Of The Most Scenic Reservoir Walks To Enjoy In The Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales is overflowing with beautiful places to visit. You could spend a lifetime exploring it and still find something new to explore. We love its varying landscapes and all the little nuggets of paradise it has to offer. We’ve been hunting out some amazing Yorkshire Dales reservoir walks for you to get stuck into this summer – and we’ve think you will be pleasantly surprised.

1. Grimwith Reservoir

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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.

2. Scar House & Angram Reservoir

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Just short of 7 miles, this walk is a big old one but takes in some stunning scenery in the Yorkshire Dales especially the beautiful dam at Scar House that is iconic and great for spectacular photographs. The loop trail is not too far from Harrogate, so perfect if you’re looking to head out from the hustle and bustle for a peaceful walk. You can start at Scar House car park and head out around these two fantastic reservoirs.

3. Fewston Reservoir

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Close to Leeds and Harrogate on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, this reservoir walks is one of our favourites in the area as it has so much beauty surrounding it. It’s not too arduous at just short of 4 miles, so it is great for any level of walker. You can walk along the side of the water and through the woods. It offers unobstructed views of the rolling hills of the dales, which is perfect for those looking to enjoy the countryside or take some pics on their walk.

4. Embsay Reservoir

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A pocket-sized reservoir that packs a punch, Embsay Reservoir starts from the free car park and only around a mile long. Why not head out to the summit of Embsay Crag and enjoy some lovely views of the surrounding area. It is just on the outskirts of ‘The Gateway to the Dales’ Skipton, so why not use it as a base to explore.

Find out more information on one f our favourite market towns Skipton here.

5. Leighton & Roundhill Reservoir

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There is a beautiful bridge over the Leighton reservoir that is the perfect place to start. Follow the woodland path and climb then into the surrounding moors and enjoy views back down over the beautiful waters. The Nidderdale area offers splendid views of the countryside before heading towards the reservoirs once more.

It sits right near Masham, so why not head over afterwards and enjoy a nice cold pint?

Read More: 6 Of The Best Summer Walks In Yorkshire For You To Try

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