Grimwith Reservoir

Grimwith reservoir provides stunning views of the adjacent moors, the valley and the lower Yorkshire Dales.

Pebbles in water

The toilets at Grimwith Reservoir are closed for refurbishment

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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.

Take in some picturesque views at Grimwith Reservoir 

There are plenty of opportunities for budding photographers to take a snap of the wildlife, rolling hills or sailing boats gliding across the waters.

The reservoir walk is 4.5 miles long and features a mostly well-surfaced path with a few unsurfaced areas which can be muddy. There are no steps or stiles but there are some steep inclines to climb and descend.

Those not fancying a walk, can simply park up and enjoy the panoramic views across the reservoir.


Parking  Toilets    Picnic area


Walking    Sailing  


Walk Distance Difficulty Facilities
Grimwith walk 4.5 miles 3 out of 4

ParkingToilets Disabled toilet Picnic area

Water sports

The Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club offers sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding at our Grimwith Reservoir near Pateley Bridge.

Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club


How to get there

By car

You can use our free car park (BD23 5ED) next to Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club just off the B6265. Please note; there is a height barrier at the entrance to this car park.

From Pateley Bridge

Take the B6265 towards Skipton. After 7.5 miles, the access road for the reservoir car park will be on your right marked with blue Yorkshire Water signs.

By public transport

Unfortunately there is no public transport currently available to this Reservoir.

Can you swim in Grimwith Reservoir?

No, you can't swim in Grimwith 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 Grimwith Reservoir?

Grimwith Reservoir has lots of hidden dangers. The water is very cold (even in summer) and cold water shock can kill. Grimwith 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 Grimwith Reservoir?

No, it’s not safe for dogs to swim in Grimwith 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 Grimwith Reservoir?

No, Grimwith 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.