Bridge installed at Cod Beck reservoir to complete circular walking route

As part of Yorkshire Water’s aims to make its reservoir more wheelchair and pram friendly, a pedestrian bridge has been installed at Cod Beck reservoir with the help of the Sheepwash Action Group.

The new pedestrian bridge, which replaces stepping stones across the beck, means there is now safe access over the beck which can be used by all visitors.

The bridge cost £5,000 to make and install and was joint funded by North York Moors National Park Authority and North Yorkshire County Council.

Simon Bassindale, Senior Ranger (West) at the North York Moors National Park Authority, said: “It has been a real pleasure over the last few months for my team to receive positive feedback from the visitors at Cod Beck Reservoir on the construction of this new bridge. Providing easy access for all is something each member of this partnership feels strongly about, and seeing the bridge complete is a real testament to the efforts of everybody involved."

Work has also been carried out by the National Trust to improve their pathways which link into the paths around the reservoir. The next phase later this year will involve removing steps that restrict access and replacing them with a surfaced path to create a fully circular walking route.

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 bridge at Cod Beck looks great and serves an important function to provide safe access over the beck.”

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.