We're carrying out essential work at Swinsty that may affect your visit
To keep everyone safe while we're working, we need to close the crest road over the embankment and you won't be able to walk your usual route.
Since the government guidelines have changed, we’ve been working hard to devise a plan to keep everyone safe while enjoying our beautiful reservoirs. We’ve reopened the car parks at this reservoir so visitors can walk around them as long as social distancing rules are observed.
To help direct visitors, we’ve installed some new signs that are there for everyone to follow so please take a moment to read them.
All of our toilet facilities are still closed at these reservoirs so please be mindful of this when visiting.
A relatively gentle walk, this route encircles the beautiful Fewston Reservoir in the charming Washburn Valley. Crossing over Fewston embankment, you’re spoilt for choice as you’re presented with spectacular views over Fewston Reservoir and down the valley across Swinsty Reservoir.
Why not make a day of it! You can extend your walk by exploring some of the other nearby routes (Fewston and Timble Ings, ….), which can be found in our online walking guide section. You can also access the start of our Swinsty Reservoir walk from Swinsty Moor car park.
Less than 10 miles west of Harrogate and north of Otley, just off the A59
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Terrain & Gradient
Mostly wide and well surfaced, however there are some short sections of path with fairly steep gradients and larger stones (over 30mm). there are no steps, stiles or gates on this route.
How To Get There
This route starts at our free Swinsty Moor car park (LS21 2NP) at the southern end of the Fewston Reservoir Embankment. Please note that there is a 2.2m height barrier. Alternative parking is available at Blubberhouses car park (LS21 2NY) where there is a 2.1m height barrier across the entrance to the car park.
By car: From Harrogate, head North on the A61 Ripon Road towards Ripley. Shortly after leaving Harrogate, take the A59 at the roundabout heading towards Skipton. Follow the A59 for 8 miles. Fewston Reservoir car park is on your left heading towards Skipton.
By public transport: Unfortunately there is no public transport available to this reservoir.
More things to do near Harrogate
Whether you fancy a gentle stroll around a reservoir, a challenging hike, a bike ride with the family, a bit of pony trekking or an afternoon of fishing, there's plenty to do around Harrogate.