Fewston Reservoir

Situated in the charming Washburn valley, sharing an embankment with Swinsty Reservoir, Fewston is popular with walkers and runners.


We're carrying out essential work that may affect your visit

To keep everyone safe while we're working, we need to close the crest road over the embankment.
You won't be able to walk your usual route for a while, but don't worry there's a diversion in place!

Read about the work and check out the diversion

Covid-19 update

In accordance with government guidance, our recreational sites and car parks remain open for people to exercise outdoors. We ask that you follow the latest guidance on group sizes and social distancing to help keep yourself, our key workers and others safe.

If you do plan to visit, we continue to request that you are respectful of our sites, staff members, other visitors and local communities:

  • Do not light any BBQs or fires and call 999 to report any uncontrolled fires that may be at risk of spreading.
  • Make sure you take any litter home with you.
  • Please follow any instructions on signage around the site.
  • Please follow designated paths. The paths are there to keep you and our key workers safe.
  • If the car park is full, please do not park on verges or on the road as this causes traffic issues and can block important access for operational vehicles or the emergency services.

Enjoy a gentle walk, run or ride around Fewston Reservoir 

Fewston is great for walkers and runners and cyclists and horse-riders can also make use of their own permitted tracks in the surrounding woodlands. Make use of the accessible toilets at Swinsty Moor car park with accessible parking here and at Blubberhouses car park (all our car parks are free by the way!). There are no steps, stiles or gates and the reservoir features wide, well surfaced paths with only a few moderate inclines.


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Walking     Fishing  


Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Fewston walk 4 miles 1 out of 4

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Fewston & Beecroft walk 10 miles 3 out of 4

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Fewston & Timble walk 6.2 miles 3 out of 4

ParkingDisabled parking Toilets  Disabled toilet Picnic area


The Washburn Valley Fishery offers exceptionally high quality fly and coarse fishing in a stunning rural setting.

Go fishing

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Make a day of it

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

Swinsty Reservoir

Swinsty sits right next to Fewston and offers a great way to increase the length of your walk around Fewston.

Thruscross Reservoir

Thruscross is the highest reservoir in the charming Washburn Valley feeding water into Fewston, Swinsty and Lindley Wood reservoirs. With its altitude comes stunning views of the valley and surrounding moorland.

How to get there

By car

You can park at the 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.

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 currently available to Fewston 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.

Find more things to do near Harrogate

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