Thruscross Reservoir

Thruscross is the highest reservoir in the charming Washburn Valley, with stunning views of the valley and surrounding moorland.


We're carrying out essential work which might affect your visit

To keep everyone safe while we work, we've had to close footpaths over the road from the carpark. The carpark is still open and you're still welcome to visit, but please follow all signage and keep away from closed paths. We'll finish the work and reopen the paths as soon as we can.

While work is underway, why not visit nearby Swinsty or Fewston instead?

Car parks closed for maintenance

We're resurfacing our carparks with a new layer of tarmac and they'll be closed while we work.

If you're planning to visit, please use an alternative car park.

Swinsty Moor car park and toilets – closed 24-28 June
Swinsty Stack car park – closed 1-3 July
Thruscross car park – closed 8 July
Fewston Blubberhouses car park – closed 8 July

Car parking charges

We’re trialing car parking charges at this reservoir from 22 January. All funds will be invested into countryside management, biodiversity projects and our brand new Ranger Team.

See parking charges and how to pay

FAQs about our parking charges

Take in stunning views at 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. Use our car park on Reservoir Road, Thruscross, Harrogate HG3 4BB. Please note there is a 2.1m height barrier. The walk features woodlands, moorland, pastures and ruined farmsteads galore, ensuring an enjoyable, picturesque experience.


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Walking  Fishing  

Parking charges

Time Charge
1 hour £1
2 hours £2
6 hours £3
All day £5
Annual permit £30
Annual blue badge permit Free

Please pay using our on-site ticket machines (card only), RingGo app or apply for a permit online.

Find out more about our parking charges


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

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

Go fishing

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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.

Make a day of it

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

Fewston Reservoir

Situated in the charming Washburn valley, sharing an embankment with Swinsty Reservoir, Fewston is popular with walkers and runners. Cyclists and horse-riders can also make use of their own permitted tracks in the surrounding woodlands.

Swinsty Reservoir

There's plenty of choice for those seeking recreation at Swinsty Reservoir; 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.

How to get there

By car

You can use our car park, which is on Reservoir Road (HG3 4BB) next to the dam wall. Please note, there is a 1.8 metre height barrier.

From Harrogate

Follow the A59 Harrogate/ Skipton road towards Skipton for 8 miles and turn right shortly after a metal roadside barrier onto Hall Lane signposted for West End. Follow Hall Lane for another 0.5 miles and turn right onto Reservoir Road. Follow the road for 100 metres to find the car park on your right.

By public transport

DalesBus services 820 and 821 run to Blubberhouses every hour on summer Sundays and bank holidays from Otley and links from Keighley, Shipley, and Guiseley. 

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.

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Can you swim in Thruscross Reservoir?

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

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

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

No, Thruscross 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.