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Free reservoir walk packs and much more...


There's no excuse for staying indoors when you've got the amazing Yorkshire landscape on your doorstep.

We're proud to look after 72,000 acres of land and we want you to come and enjoy it. So lace up your walking boots, get your bike out, or grab your fishing gear and head to one of our many beautiful locations.

See the tabbed information below to select your activity - from downloading walking and cycling routes to finding the region'sbest sailing spots.

Watch our video to find out more about how you can enjoy our land and reservoirs.


Free reservoir walk and running packs

Whether you fancy a gentle stroll around one of our picturesque reservoirs or a more adventurous jog then there's something for you.

We've selected some of our top walks for you and split them into three regional packs. Just print them out and off you go... they now include all our top running sites as used by Alistair Brownlee, Olympic triathlete.

North Yorkshire and East Ridings (1.39mb)

West Yorkshire (1.33mb)

South Yorkshire (1.44mb)

These packs contain just a sample of our reservoir walks and running routes. For more walks, places to go jogging and great days out, visit our leisure and recreation site:

See all our walks >

Video: A review of our easy access route at Scammonden Reservoir

Favourite walks

Langsett Reservoir near Sheffield

Here's a sample of some of your favourite reservoir walks:

Tophill Low, north of Hull

Eccup, north of Leeds

Haworth Moor, near Keighley

Swinsty, near Harrogate

Langsett, near Barnsley

Reservoir improvements

Over the next five years, we're investing over £60 million to improve dozens of our reservoirs.

We'll always try to ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum and any diversions are clearly marked.

Find out more

Cycling and horse riding routes in Yorkshire

There are several cycling routes to choose from, so whether you're a family with young children or you enjoy putting your bike through its paces on an invigorating day out, there's a route you can enjoy.

We want horses and riders to enjoy our land and at Swinsty, in the Washburn Valley near Otley, so we've even developed specialist parking for horseboxes, a saddling area with tethering posts and a mounting block.

All our cycling and bridleways >

Favourite rides

3701.JPGOur bridleway and cycle routes take in a variety of scenery and some of the most spectacular views in Yorkshire;

Haworth & Denholme Bridleway

Langsett Bridleway

Ryburn Bridleway

Scar House Bridleway

Sailing Club

1536.JPG Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club

Encouraging virtually any type of boat, YDSC has been voted in the top 5 sailing clubs in the country.

Visit their website >

Rowing Club

1704.jpg Sheffield Rowing Club

The City of Sheffield Rowing Club operates at Damflask Reservoir all year round and caters for all abilities.

Visit their website >

Canoe Club

606.jpg British Canoe Union

The BCU was set up in 1936 and is the lead body for canoeing and kayaking in the UK.

Visit their website >

Other watersport clubs in Yorkshire

We lease many of our reservoirs for watersports including model boating, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and rowing. See where else you can take part.

Watersport clubs>

Lets go fishing

We manage some of the best fisheries in the north of England at our reservoirs at Damflask and in the Washburn Valley. We sell a range of tickets to suit all anglers.



For more information on the fishery and for details of on-site tuition or competitions please call the fishing bailiff on 07952 485798.



For more information on the fishery, details of on-site tuition, equipment sales and hire and competitions, please call the Swinsty Fishing Office on  01943 880658.

See all our locations and prices >

Our fisheries

1034.jpgFor a full list of our best fisheries have a look at out leisure pages where you can view a full list of prices.

Find out more >

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

We're very proud of Tophill Low, not only because it's recognised as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) but also due to the richness of wildlife that flourishes in and around the reservoirs.


There are 12 hides dotted around the reserve with great views over ponds, marshes and reservoirs.


The reserve is normally closed Mondays and Tuesdays, but is open on Bank Holiday Mondays.


Summer:   9am - 6pm

Winter:   9am - 4pm


Tophill Low Nature Reserve
Wattan Carrs
YO25 9RH

Find out more about Tophill Low >

Activity sheets, quizzes and puzzles

We know how difficult it is to entice children away from their games console and TV, so we've developed a range of activities which they can complete at home, or during a walk at one of our recreation sites.

Why not get involved and help your children colour in a picture or tackle a wordsearch? If you're going on a walk take along our wildlife spotter cards, a bag to collect leaves or a quiz set around reservoir walks at Swinsty, Baitings, Brayton Barff or Damflask.

Find out more >

Top 5 activity sheets

We've developed a range of activities which the kids can complete at home, or during a walk at one of our recreation sites.


Bird cake recipe  

Colouring in sheet  

Match 'em up

Spotters scorecard

Word puzzles