Broomhead Reservoir

Broomhead Reservoir sits above More Hall Reservoir, just south of Bolsterstone.

Pebbles in water

Discover breathtaking views at Swinsty Reservoir 

Swinsty Reservoir can be found in the Washburn valley, less than 10 miles north of Otley and west of Harrogate. Along with the adjacent Fewston Reservoir, it is a very popular site for visitors throughout the year. There's plenty of choice for those seeking recreation in the great outdoors; whether you’re looking for a gentle stroll around the well-surfaced reservoir paths or a wander through the nearby fields and woods. Also welcome are cyclists and horse riders, as well as anglers seeking high quality course and fly fishing.

Activities

Walking 

Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Broomhead walk 2.3 miles 2 out of 4

No facilities available

Visitor information

To keep everyone happy and safe, please:

  • follow government guidance
  • don’t swim
  • take your litter home
  • stick to the path
  • keep your dog on a lead
  • clean up after your dog
  • don’t light fires or BBQs.
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Make a day of it

While you're here, why not visit a nearby reservoir?

More Hall Reservoir

Less than 10 miles from Sheffield, More Hall Reservoir offers a peaceful secluded walk.

How to get there

There is no car park at Broomhead, however roadside parking is available at the entrance to the footpath (S36 4ZD). Please be mindful of “no parking” areas nearby. Alternative parking is available alongside the private road which runs along the neighbouring More Hall Reservoir.

Can you swim in Broomhead Reservoir?

No, you can't swim in Broomhead Reservoir. Reservoirs are really dangerous places and have lots of dangers hidden under the surface. We don't allow anyone to swim in our reservoirs, even if you’re a great swimmer!

Why can’t you swim in Broomhead Reservoir?

Broomhead Reservoir has lots of hidden dangers. The water is very cold (even in summer) and cold water shock can kill. Broomhead Reservoir supplies water to be treated, so there's machinery and strong currents under the water. There may also be blue-green algae, which causes rashes and severe illnesses.

Can dogs swim in Broomhead Reservoir?

No, it’s not safe for dogs to swim in Broomhead Reservoir and they shouldn’t drink the water. Blue-green algae can form on the surface, which is poisonous and can kill them. There’s also dangerous machinery and strong currents under the water.

Is wild swimming allowed in Broomhead Reservoir?

No, Broomhead Reservoir is dangerous. Reservoirs aren't the same as natural lakes, they’re man-made and have large machinery that’s working 24/7 just below the surface. They’re also very cold, have strong currents and might have blue-green algae which causes rashes and severe illness.