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Walk this way to shed the pounds

Over indulged this Christmas? Then why not enjoy some fresh air on a festive stroll at one of Yorkshire Water reservoir walks and nature reserves.

There’s a wide variety of things to see at the many sites, including ducks and geese.

Yorkshire Water own 72,000 acres of land in Yorkshire, spanning the North Yorks Moors, the Wolds, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and some of the best national parks in the county, spending thousands of pounds each year to maintain and enhance such sites for all to enjoy.

There are some picture perfect scenes at Grimwith near Dibbles Bridge in Grassington as well as the short circular walk around the Embsay Moor Reservoir near the market town of Skipton.

Thruscross which is north of Blubberhouses offers a more challenging reservoir walk, from the car park through woodland, rough pastures and moorland alongside the edge of the reservoir. The area also inspired Yorkshire writer Peter Robinson.

Those who prefer to enjoy a wild yet beautiful area can visit the two reservoirs near Middlesmoor in Nidderdale. Those wanting to take an easy stroll can do the circular route of Scar House Reservoir or for the more adventurous extend this to Angram Reservoir. This is an adventurous walk and not for the faint hearted. Please check the weather before setting off.

The last and final walk in the North of Yorkshire is the route around Swinsty Reservoir which nestles in the stunning Washburn Valley and provides breath-taking views across the water and the surrounding landscape, especially from the embankment near the River Washburn or various rest points dotted along the walk. Ideal for the family.

Tophill Low Nature Reserve near Driffield in East Yorkshire is a haven for thousands of birds. There are 12 hides at the reserve all with unique vantage points over ponds, marshes and reservoirs. The two reservoirs have been declared as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and are nationally important for birds.

Or why not have a wild time at the mountain bike trail at Beecroft Plantation, next to Fewston reservoir near Harrogate.

The 1.2km route features bumps and jumps of varying degrees of difficulty along with ‘chicken runs’ for those who want to avoid the obstacles.

There’s even a selection of children’s activities, including quizzes, sheets to colour in and lists of things to spot.

A downloadable walking guide which highlights the sites available to customers, as well as providing detailed walking routes which cater for ramblers of all abilities is available in our leisure section.

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