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It’s official, day trippers enjoy a stroll around Cod Beck reservoir

A survey has revealed that nearly all visitors to Cod Beck reservoir have a good experience, stating they leave totally satisfied from their day trip to the peaceful beauty spot.

Located near Osmotherley in the North Yorkshire Moors, the top reasons for visiting the reservoir are to go for a stroll, take the dog for a walk and have a picnic.

We carried out the survey to understand what visitors think about this popular reservoir site so that it can be managed to meet people’s leisure needs. Comments from the public included it being ‘a lovely place’ that has beautiful scenery and nice walking routes.

Across the region, we own 115 reservoirs and it is estimated that around one million people visit our reservoirs, woodlands, and moorland each year. These locations have become increasingly popular as a place to ‘get away from it all’ since they were first opened up to the public after privatisation of the water sector in 1989. 

In total, 105 surveys were carried out at Cod Beck reservoir, which revealed that most visitors are in the 18-34 years-old age bracket, with over half of visitors taking children with them to the beauty spot.

Alastair Harvey, Recreation Advisor said: “These findings reveal that Cod Beck reservoir is an excellent day trip destination.”

Alastair Harvey added: “Whilst this feedback from visitors is fantastic, we are always looking to make improvements that blend in with the existing landscape and make our sites accessible to more customers. We will shortly be installing a wheelchair friendly kissing gate at Cod Beck which will allow access to the northern end of the site for our customers who use wheelchairs and mobility scooters as well as families with pushchairs.’
Surveys were also carried out at Ingbirchworth reservoir near Penistone, Tophill Low nature reserve near Driffield, and Digberry and Bilberry reservoirs near Holmbridge in the Peak District. A total visitor satisfaction rate of 96% was achieved.

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