New wheelchair friendly path at Cod Beck reservoir

A new path has been created at Cod Beck reservoir near Osmotherley to link to the bridge that has recently opened that provides safe access over the beck.

The new sloping path replaces the previous steps to make it wheelchair and pram friendly and completes the new circular route around the reservoir.

It is the latest improvement at the beauty spot following the new bridge that was created in partnership between Yorkshire Water, North York Moors National Park, the National Trust and the Sheepwash Action Group.

Geoff Lomas, Recreation Manager at Yorkshire Water, said: “We want to make our reservoirs more accessible and inviting to all our customers and have invested over £1 million to improve facilities and paths. The new path at Cod Beck looks great and links up to the new bridge which provides safe access over the beck.”

During the warm weather, Yorkshire Water has received reports of people swimming in Cod Beck reservoir and is warning people to stay out of the water. With water temperatures as low as just 12 degrees celsius, the firm is warning that this can cause cold water shock and in the worst case scenario drowning.

It is estimated that around two million people visit Yorkshire Water’s land, such as its reservoirs, ancient woodland, and moorland, every year. These locations have become increasingly popular since they first opened up to the public after privatisation of the water sector in 1989.